Drunk Driving and Other Types of Impaired Driving

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What Does Impaired Driving Mean?

Driving impaired is just as dangerous as driving distracted. If you’ve been involved in an accident where a driver was impaired, it’s important to know the facts. Being well-informed and following the guidance of a personal injury lawyer can help you get the compensation you deserve.

Impaired driving is defined as the operation of a vehicle while affected by some outside influence that weakens a person’s ability to drive safely.  This could be caused by a variety of things:

  • Alcohol use
  • Illegal drugs like marijuana in some states
  • Legal drugs, such as prescription medication
  • Sleepiness

Drunk Driving in Missouri

When people think of impaired driving, they think of driving while drunk. Missouri has historically been one of the worst states when it comes to fatalities caused by driving intoxicated. In 2017, 254 people died in accidents involving alcohol. In 2018, 16% of fatal crashes were alcohol-related.

If you’ve been involved in an accident with a drunk driver, you are entitled to compensation. You will be able to get compensation, most likely from an insurance claim, for your personal injuries. You could also pursue a personal injury lawsuit to seek further compensation.

We’ll walk you through your options and help you decide the best route for you.

Driving Under the Influence of Narcotics and Prescription Medication

In Missouri, a driver can be charged with a DWI if they were impaired by prescription or over-the-counter medication. If it’s deemed a driver’s ability to drive was impaired, they can be liable for any injury or damage caused.

There are a variety of common prescription drugs that can impair a driver. These may include: antidepressants, decongestants, antihistamines, anti-anxiety medication, narcotics, and sleeping pills. Those injured because of an impaired driver are often owed compensation.

These types of drugs can cause a variety of symptoms including: dizziness, drowsiness, nausea, blurred vision, impaired cognitive function, and slow reaction times.

Prescription medication cases, however, can be complicated because it’s difficult to prove. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help investigate the accident and explore all of your options.

Driving And Marijuana in Missouri

Missouri has some of the toughest marijuana laws in the nation. However in 2018, voters approved a constitutional amendment legalizing medical marijuana.

While policy has been changing, driving while under the influence of marijuana is still illegal and can result in serious legal consequences. Even if someone has a prescription for medical marijuana, this does not excuse driving while high.

If you were injured in a car accident resulting from a driver under the influence of marijuana, you have a case for a personal injury lawsuit.

Contact A Car Accident Lawyer Now

If you’ve been injured in an accident caused by an impaired driver, we can help explore your options for legal action. During your free consultation, we will discuss our plan to help you get the compensation you deserve. You will have the personal attention from a partner and our experienced legal team. If necessary, we will assemble a team of medical and liability experts to work on your behalf.