Facts about drugs and driving, and how to sue for a whiplash injury
There are plenty of articles and facts out there about the dangers of drinking and driving, and most drivers will have been taught these dangers as part of their driving education. However, less is said about the dangers of taking drugs and driving, despite the fact that this is just as dangerous as drinking and driving, if not more so.
If you are taking drugs or drinking, you must be sure not to get behind the wheel. Drugs are illegal on their own, and if you are caught taking drugs and driving then the punishment is likely to be more severe than what it would even be for drinking and driving.
If you sustain a whiplash injury in Blundellsands as the result of a run-in with a driver who was drinking or on drugs, you may be able to claim compensation for your injuries.
You need to see a doctor get a proper medical diagnosis, to prove that your whiplash injury in Blundellsands was caused by your accident, and then you can call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 to speak to the team about what happened and find out whether or not you have a good case for compensation. If you do, then you will be passed over to an in-house experienced injury lawyer who will be able to process your whiplash injury in Blundellsands claim on a 100% no win no fee basis.
How drugs affect your driving
- Slower reaction times;
- Impaired judgement;
- Impaired coordination; and
- Skewed perception.
- Riskier behaviour;
- Overly confident or aggressive driving; and
- Distorted perception.
- Blurred vision;
- Risk taking;
- Aggressive driving; and
- Distorted perception.
- Muscle spasms;
- Distorted perception; and
- Detachment from reality.
If you have taken any drugs, then you need to avoid getting into your car until the effects have worn off entirely. Unlike with drinking, many people are not entirely sure how long it takes for the drugs to leave their system, so it is best to leave it a couple of days before you decide to get back in the car.
Remember that some prescription drugs can affect your driving just as badly as illegal drugs, so you should always ask your doctor if there are any risks associated with taking your medication and driving. If there are, then you should make arrangements for the entire time that you are taking the course of medication so that you never risk driving whilst under the influence of any drugs.
Even if your drugs are prescription and thus legal, you can still end up having to pay out on your own insurance if you get into an accident, and will not be able to make a compensation claim if you have been warned of the risks but gotten behind the wheel anyway.
Date Published: 30th April 2014
Author: David Brown