If you’re thinking of launching a personal injury claim following an Oadby and Wigston car accident in which you were injured through no fault of your own, the 200-strong team of solicitors that we employ here at Accident Advice Helpline are ready to offer you any assistance you need.
Driving under the influence of drugs
There’s an awful lot of publicity about drink-driving, but you hardly ever hear anything about driving under the influence of drugs, so it may surprise you to learn that approximately 18% of all road traffic accident fatalities are found to have traces of illegal substances in their blood, with the most common substance being cannabis.
It is estimated that over 800,000 drivers per year get behind the steering wheel while under the influence of cannabis. The vast majority of these drivers are young people under the age of 25. Although there are no official statistics to substantiate this, it is thought that today, over six times more RTA fatalities are drug-related than when compared to figures ten years ago.
Prescription drugs can also pose a hazard to drivers
Just like alcohol, drugs like cannabis impair people’s perception of their surroundings and slow their reaction times down. It’s usually recreational drugs such as cannabis that come under the microscope when drug-related driving is being discussed; however, some medicinal drugs issued under prescription can be just as debilitating to a driver. It’s important to listen to any advice your doctor may give you regarding drugs making you feel drowsy, etc. and to read the labels carefully on any packaging.
It’s harder to spot someone under the influence of drugs than alcohol
Although the police are taking measures to administer more drug tests at the roadside, the test rate is far lower than it is in mainland Europe. It should be borne in mind, however, that it is much more difficult to detect someone being under the influence of drugs than it is to detect someone being under the influence of alcohol. Drugs do not taint the breath in the same way that alcohol does.
Why you should use Accident Advice Helpline to launch your claim for an Oadby and Wigston car accident injury
If you’ve been injured in an Oadby and Wigston car accident and the other driver was under the influence of drugs, you should be entitled to launch a claim for compensation, and you can use the no win no fee* services that we offer here at Accident Advice Helpline to do so.
The combination of the unrivalled customer support package that we offer all our clients and use of our 30-second online compensation calculator is what makes Accident Advice Helpline one of the nation’s favourite injury claim law firms – that and the fact that we have a great recommendation from well-known people’s consumer champion Esther Rantzen, who says, “Take my advice, you can trust Accident Advice Helpline to look after you.”
To find out more, visit our website, text “claim 365” to 88010, or call our free helpline on 0800 689 0500 from any landline, or 0333 500 0993 from any mobile.
Date Published: 27th June 2014