According to a survey of 5,900 drivers at night conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over 16 percent tested positive for legal or illegal drugs. The study concluded that prescription drug abuse is rising at an exponential rate so it concluded that a significant percentage of drivers are impaired by prescription drugs.
Consulting a Gwinnett County attorney after a car accident involving an impaired driver increases a victim's ability to receive a reasonable settlement. If you have been injured in an automobile accident involving an impaired driver in Gwinnett County you should discuss your case with an auto accident attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith.
The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) adopted policy expansions related to distracted driving and drugged driving. The GHSA has called for a complete handheld device ban in all states while driving. Only a few states have complete bans on handheld devices while driving; more than 35 states, including Georgia, have banned texting while driving.
The GHSA cites statistics from the NHTSA Administration to make its point against drugged driving. According to data from the 2007 Random Roadside Survey, approximately 16 percent of drivers who were traveling at night tested positive for the presence of intoxicant drugs in their systems.
According to the drug policy office, 3,952 drivers who were killed in 2009 auto accidents tested positive for drugs. Drivers under the age of 25 were the predominant demographic group for drugged driving. The number of drivers who tested positive for drugs after a fatal accident has increased by 40 percent since 2005. Drivers who tested positive for narcotics use increased by 36 percent and for depressants increased by 39 percent.
If you have been involved in a car accident caused by an impaired driver please contact a Gwinnett County auto accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Shane Smith. We can assist in every stage of your case.