The Prevalence of Drugged Driving: The Numbers You Have to See to Believe

The next time you’re traveling down the 101, take a look at the drivers around you. Chances are, one of them is high. As California has legalized medical marijuana and decriminalized the non-medical marijuana, more and more motorists are getting behind the wheel under the influence. What this means for you and your family is an increased risk of involvement in a deadly accident.

The Numbers Behind Drugged Driving

While drunk driving gets all of the attention, drugged driving is more common than you probably think. Marijuana is the most common drug found in motorists; however, amphetamines are also used frequently. Even over-the-counter and prescription medications cause impairment that can lead to potentially fatal accidents. According to a report from Mothers Against Drunk Driving:

  • About 4,000 drivers are killed each year with drugs in their systems.
  • Over one-quarter of drivers who were admitted into level-1 trauma centers for their accidents had marijuana in their systems.
  • In 2013, 9.9 million people admitted to driving while under the influence of illicit drugs.
  • More than 16 percent of nighttime, weekend drivers tested positive for illegal, over-the-counter, or prescription drugs. About 11 percent had illegal drugs in their systems.
  • Nearly seven percent of drivers involved in fatal crashes tested positive for THC, the chemical found in marijuana.
  • More than one-third of teenagers believe they drive better while under the influence of drugs.
  • Either drugs or alcohol were detected in 57 percent of fatally injured drivers, and 17 percent had both.

It’s Time to Take Action for Other Drivers’ Negligence

Just because drugged driving is common, that certainly doesn’t mean it’s right. If you were injured by a drugged driver, you have rights, and the Steinberg Injury Lawyers can help you fight for them. Contact us today by calling 800-989-6385 to set up your free consultation.

Peter Steinberg, Esq.
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