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Drivers mix alcohol and drugs

On Behalf of | Dec 28, 2022 | PERSONAL INJURY (PLAINTIFF) - Drunk Driving Accidents

Anyone who operates a vehicle under the influence could end a life on a Florida road. Someone who ingests only a small amount of alcohol may find it impossible to avoid a crash. Persons who combine alcohol with drugs might place themselves in the greatest danger. Such a significant combination of substances may severely undermine a person’s cognitive abilities and alertness.

Alcohol and drugs

Driving under the influence of alcohol and marijuana would make the driver utterly unfit to operate a motor vehicle. However, some don’t see the problem. One troubling myth drivers prescribe is that mixing alcohol and marijuana will lead to a canceling effect. That is, people who drink tend to speed, while those under the influence of marijuana may drive slower. While alcohol and marijuana can affect people differently, mixing the two does little more than making a driver highly intoxicated.

Motor skills, temperament, reaction times, and cognition could all suffer when mixing alcohol with marijuana. Maintaining a safe speed and remaining in a lane might be highly challenging, and drivers may hit another car or a pedestrian because of impairments.

Legal consequences

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is illegal, and persons arrested for a DUI could face serious criminal charges. Those who cause impaired driving accidents might contend with substantial civil claims. In particular, wrongful death lawsuits might seek substantial judgments from those at fault for fatalities.

Persons hurt by drunk drivers could suffer significant financial losses. Medical bills may contribute to their troubled financial situation, and some might not return to work for weeks, if at all. A civil claim provides a way to recover compensation and potentially seek punitive damages.