Being involved in a car accident, due to no fault of your own, is devastating. What makes this more disappointing is if your accident was easily preventable if the at-fault party was not under the influence of drugs. Read on to discover how often drugs play a role in car accidents and how an experienced Toronto drunk driver accident lawyer at Merricks Law Group, P.A. can help you in this situation.
How often are drugs associated with car accidents?
A certain study has reported that more than half of drivers involved in car accidents have had drugs or alcohol in their system. This is an unfortunate fact, and this may mean that drugged or drunk driving is one of the most common causes of fatal car accidents in the United States.
The reason why driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is illegal in all 50 states is that doing so seriously impairs your driving capabilities: Examples of such impairments are as follows:
- It impairs your judgment: that is, drugs may inhibit your good decision-making behavior and heighten your risk-taking behavior.
- It impairs your concentration: that is, drugs may inhibit your ability to multitask.
- It impairs your coordination: that is, drugs may inhibit your motor skills and heighten your delayed reflexes.
- It impairs your vision: that is, drugs may relax your eye muscles and inhibit your peripheral vision.
What should I do if I am involved in a car accident?
If you are involved in a car accident with a drugged or drunk driver, then you more likely than not have a personal injury claim on your hands. For your claim, it is important that you first call the police to the scene of your accident. They will not only conduct an official accident report and dispatch an ambulance, but they will also request that the drugged or drunk driver submits to chemical testing. Undoubtedly, the results of this testing will be pivotal evidence for your case.
Once you contact the police, you should then proceed with the following procedure:
- Collect photos and videos: that is, capture your injuries, car damages, and any other hazards that played a role in your accident.
- Collect contact information: that is, ask the other party for their name, phone number, driver’s license number, license plate number, insurance company name, insurance policy number, etc.
- Collect medical documents and bills: that is, attend medical treatment at the scene, visit the hospital, and schedule follow-up appointments with your physician as recommended.
And lastly, you should retain the services of a skilled Toronto auto accident lawyer. We will help you recover your damages and overall obtain justice. Call us today.