In Torrance, California, last month, a Federal Way man was charged with DUI after driving the wrong way down a city street and then striking two vehicles, a fire hydrant, and a light pole before slamming into a restaurant. Luckily, no one besides the driver suffered injuries, and he was arrested after being treated at the hospital.
But although the man was charged with a DUI, he was not drinking alcohol at the time of the crash–he was allegedly using PCP, a drug that can cause hallucinations and violent behavior.
While alcohol is the most commonly abused drug when it comes to driving under the influence, it’s important to understand that many different drugs, both legal and illegal, can cause traffic accidents. In fact, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 11.8 million Americans drove under the influence of drugs in the last year. In addition, of drivers involved in deadly traffic accidents who were tested for drugs, about 47 percent had prescription medication in their systems, 37 percent had marijuana in their systems, and 10 percent had cocaine in their system.
A huge number of drugs can affect your ability to safely drive–including illegal drugs, prescription drugs, and over-the-counter drugs. Here are just a few:
It’s important to note that many of the above drugs, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs, are more dangerous when mixed with alcohol.
If you were involved in a Federal Way car accident that you believe was caused in part by someone else driving under the influence of drugs, it’s vital that you speak to a Washington State personal injury attorney about your case. At The Ye Law Firm, we can help you analyze the evidence in your case and pursue justice and compensation. To request a free, no-obligation consultation about your possible case, call Chong Ye and his legal team today: (253) 946-0577.