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How Different Drugs Impair Driving

Despite the inherent dangers of driving on drugs or alcohol, millions of drivers continue to use mind-altering substances and take to roadways every year. The 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported that 14 million people drove under the influence in 2013, with men and individuals younger than 26 showing a higher percentage of driving under the influence than other groups.

Because of the prevalence of impaired driving, it is important for other drivers to know their rights if they have been injured in an accident caused by an inebriated driver. If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident caused by a driver who was under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you may be owed compensation for your pain, suffering and medical bills. In addition, that individual may be responsible for other damages caused by their reckless actions.

Some common substances and how they impair driving are listed below.

  • Alcohol: Alcohol impairs drivers in a number of ways, including slowing reaction times, blurring vision, making it more difficult to judge distance, and by reducing hand/eye coordination and concentration, among a host of other dangerous impairments. Signs of a drunk driver include swerving, changing lanes too quickly or too slowly, driving too fast or too slow, and making illegal turns or practicing other reckless driving behavior.
  • Marijuana: Marijuana is the second most common substance that impaired drivers use, behind alcohol, and shares many of the same worrying effects. Marijuana affects users’ ability to accurately perceive time and distance, both of which are vital for safe driving. It additionally affects concentration, reaction times, and increases drowsiness and distractibility. Marijuana is more dangerous when combined with other substances and can have unpredictable effects like hallucinations, increased anxiety, and various other consequences that make driving dangerous.
  • Cocaine: Cocaine is a dangerous drug that gives users the impression that they are more alert, focused, and capable of performing certain duties when it actually impairs their judgment and movements. When driving, users of cocaine are more likely to take risky and impulsive decisions, like suddenly changing lanes or making unexpected turns. Cocaine is often used in a combination with other drugs and alcohol, which makes its effects more harrowing and the already-present dangers of driving more serious.

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