Drugged Driving Accidents On The Rise

Matthew E. Steinbrink - SiebenCarey "Know Your Rights" AttorneyOctober 22, 2018

While many individuals are aware of the serious consequences of drunk driving, texting while driving, and  talking on the phone while driving, one issue that is overlooked is Drugged Driving.  Over the past few years, there has been an increase in the number of incidents where drivers involved in a car crash were impaired by a substance other than alcohol.  
 
A survey done by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration identified drug-related crashes up from 1993 where the crash numbers were 2,003.  Fast forward to 2015 and the crash numbers increased to 7,438. The survey also found that during weekend nighttime hours, 16% of drivers tested positive for drugs in their system.  This includes illicit drugs, prescription drugs, and over-the-counter drugs.
 
The statistics  gathered show that drugged driving is a growing public safety issue. As more and more states change laws on what drugs are legal, there will be a increase in these statistics if awareness is not brought to the public. Minnesota is addressing this danger with training for law enforcement state wide.

SiebenCarey has partnered with the Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge to help bring awareness to this issue impacting families and accident victims. MNATC has been restoring hope to people struggling with drug and alcohol addiction since 1983.

If you or a loved one has been injured by a Drugged Driver, be sure to contact experienced car accident attorney Matt Steinbrink at (612) 333-9733 to help you with the issues unique to Drugged Driving incidents.

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