DUI and Illegal Drugs
It is a common perception that a DUI charge relates only to alcohol consumption and abuse, but with rising numbers of drug abuse, especially from marijuana and cocaine users, illegal substances have become a significant problem for American drivers. Although some Americans would like to see marijuana legalized, it is still widely considered an illegal substance and still illegal to use while driving, even if considered medicinal. A 2008 National Survey on Drug Use and Health cites 25.8 million Americans, ranging from 12 years of age and older, as at least one-time marijuana users during the past year. The same survey noted, under the same conditions, that 5.3 million Americans had abused cocaine.
If someone has injured you with their reckless driving while intoxicated, you may be entitled to collect compensation for your claim. Contact the Waukesha car accident attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 800-242-2874 to discuss the details of your case today.
There are significant differences between the most common illegal substances found in the United States, but there are similar behaviors that can be exhibited by abusers. Some of the following may illustrate an intoxicated driver:
- Extremes in speeds, as in either driving quickly without regard for safety or slowly in an attempt to compensate and avoid police detection
- Swerving, riding in between lanes, and other lane position oddities
- Wide-radius turns
- Slow reaction time
As drugs primarily affect a person’s mental faculties, poor decision-making can be a symptom of drug use. When a person is incapable of making a quick decision, as is often required of drivers, that driver can pose a hazard for the rest of traffic.
Driving while drunk is simply inexcusable. If you have been injured by a drunk driver, contact the Waukesha car accident attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 800-242-2874 today to learn more about your rights under the law.