Driving can be a dangerous experience. While you may exercise caution and control when you drive, there are numerous external circumstances that warrant your full attention. Be aware of inclement weather, bad road conditions and even wildlife as these are just a few of the many things that can cause an auto accident. Reckless drivers also pose a significant threat to your safety, especially if they’re under the influence of drugs while they drive.
Impaired driving is always dangerous and puts everyone on the road at risk for serious injury. A driver under the influence of drugs may exhibit slow reaction times or an inability to consider the consequences of their actions. Illegal drugs are not the only means for a driver to become impaired. The use of legal and prescription drugs can also lead to hazardous driving impairment. Alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine, while legal, can alter one’s ability to focus while they drive. Prescription drugs such as pain-relievers, sleep aids, and medical marijuana can also have disastrous effects on one’s ability to drive a vehicle.
If you’ve been in an auto accident caused by another driver under the influence of drugs it may significantly alter the compensation to which you’re owed. There may be other parties liable beyond the driver. Some examples of other liable parties include:
- The insurance company if they continued to insure a driver with a history of driving while impaired
- A doctor or pharmacist who failed to explain the proper instructions for driving while taking certain medications
- A bar that serves alcohol to someone who is already intoxicated
These are just a few examples of the complex nature of auto accidents caused by drivers under the influence of drugs. That’s why it’s important to seek the counsel of the experienced automobile accident lawyers at Stephens & Holman. We will help you navigate this area of the law.
If you’ve been injured in an auto accident due to another's impaired driving, contact the law firm of Stephens & Holman before you meet with an ICBC adjuster by calling us at 866-200-3575 for a free, no-obligation consultation. We proudly serve greater Vancouver and all of British Columbia.