Drugged Driving Accident Lawyer with Offices in Antioch, Waukegan, Grayslake and Barrington
LAKE COUNTY ATTORNEY REPRESENTS VICTIMS INJURED BY INDIVIDUALS DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF DRUGS (DUID)
Drugged Driving Stats
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) 2007 National Roadside Survey, over 16% of weekend, nighttime drivers tested positive for illegal drugs. Another NHTSA study indicated that of fatally injured drivers, 18% tested positive for at least one drug, an increase from 13% in 2005. 10.5 million people reported driving under the influence of drugs during the prior year. In addition, in 2009 NSDUH reported the following:
- 12% of persons (30.2 million) drove under the influence of alcohol at least once in the past year.
- 6.3% of youth aged 16 or 17 drove under the influence. This steadily rose with age until it peaked at 24.8% among young adults aged 21 to 25. Beyond there was a general decline.
- Among persons aged 12 or older, males were more likely than females (16.9% vs 9.2%) to drive under the influence of an illicit drug or alcohol in the past year.
Bob Can Win Your Case Against the Drugged Driver
Bob and his staff have been representing individuals that have been injured by people under the influence of illegal drugs and alcohol for over 20 years. We will do everything in our power to assure you that you get the most money that the law allows. This means ensuring that all the evidence is secured and that the at-fault driver is brought to justice. If you or someone you love has been injured by a drugged or drunk driver, protect your legal rights and call the Law Offices of Robert T. Edens at (847) 395-2200 or toll-free at 855-760-6746. Don’t let the insurance companies give you the runaround, call today.
What Is Drugged Driving?
“Have one [drink] for the road” was once a commonly used phrase in our country. Only in recent years has it been recognized that driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol is a crime. The concern with drugged driving is that drugs severely act on the brain’s motor skills, reaction time, and judgment. Drugged driving is a public health concern. It puts not only the driver at risk, but his/her passengers and the public.
For alcohol, the detection of its blood concentration (BAC) is relatively simple. 0.08% is the legal limit in this country. But when it comes to illegal drugs, there is no agreed-upon limit for which impairment has been reliably demonstrated. Thus, some states, including Illinois, have taken the position that it is unlawful to drive with any amount of illegal drugs in your system. Arizona, Delaware, Georgia, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin have passed laws to this effect. Other State laws define “drugged driving” as driving when a drug “renders the driver incapable of driving safely” or “causes the driver to be impaired.” 44 states and the District of Columbia have implemented Drug Evaluation and Classification Programs. These programs are designed to train officers in the detection of individuals under the influence of drugs. If the officer suspects drug intoxication, a blood or urine sample is taken and sent to a lab.
Driving Under the Influence of Drugs (DUID) or drugged-driving has been a problem in Illinois for some time. While the number of car crash related fatalities has declined over the past 5 years, the number of drivers testing positive for drugs is on the rise as can be seen above. It seems the problem is going to get worse before it gets better. This is compounded by the fact that there are cannabis substitutes that are being introduced into the illegal drug market – K-2. Currently, there is legislation in Illinois that is seeking to legalize cannabis/marijuana. This drug causes dizziness, slows reaction time, and makes drivers more dangerous on our roadways. Impaired driving is still very serious and causes hundreds of accidents every year.
Most people who have been injured in an accident with a drugged driver have a lot of questions and need a place to FIND THE ANSWERS. Bob and his staff have personally designed this web site to answer your questions such as:
Victims of Drugged Driving Accidents
If you have been injured or a loved one has been injured or killed as a result of a drugged driver, call the law offices of Robert T. Edens and get an honest opinion of what your case is worth. Do not allow the insurance companies to give you the runaround and delay the payment of the money you deserve. Call Bob Today.