New Orleans Car Accident Lawyer for Drugged Driving Crashes
Anyone who gets behind the wheel of a car while impaired by drugs puts everyone else on the road at risk with little or no warning. That reckless decision can lead to serious accidents that cause life-changing injuries and may even result in death.
At Bloom Legal, our New Orleans accident attorneys represent people injured in drugged driving and other car accidents. We understand the pain and frustration that often comes with being injured in an accident, especially when it is caused by someone else’s careless and negligent behavior.
DUI Drug Car Accidents
While street drugs remain prevalent across the country, drugged driving accidents often involve drivers impaired by prescription medication. Whether they are to alleviate serious physical pain, treat mental and emotional conditions or combat insomnia, these drugs can significantly reduce a person’s ability to operate a vehicle.
Drugged driving accidents, like other car accidents, can happen in a wide variety of ways and cause a number of different injuries. We commonly see these types of accidents in drugged driving cases:
- Rear-end collisions
- Side swipes
- T-bone crashes
- Rollovers and other single-car accidents
- Hit and run accidents
- Pedestrian collisions
- Jackknife and other truck accidents
- Head-on crashes
Anyone who has been injured in these and other crashes has the right to seek compensation from those responsible and should seek the assistance of a New Orleans personal injury attorney.
Common Drugs in Drugged Driving Accidents
A wide range of prescription medications and recreational drugs are often involved in drugged driving accidents in Louisiana and across the country.
Even when a person has a valid prescription for certain medication, like those used to alleviate pain, aid sleep, treat allergies or ease anxiety, those drugs can be misused. In addition, many prescription medications explicitly warn users not to operate vehicles because of drowsiness, confusion and other potential side effects. Prescription medications often seen in drugged driving crashes include:
Recreational drugs commonly found in DUI collisions that do not involve alcohol are marijuana, hashish, ecstasy, crystal meth, heroin, cocaine and crack cocaine. These drugs make driving reckless and potentially fatal.
How a New Orleans Accident Lawyer Can Help
To get compensation for your injuries, you have to be able to prove that another person or entity is legally liable for the crash. An experienced car accident lawyer can help you build the strongest possible case.
Most accident cases involve claims for negligence, a legal theory that makes people and entities liable when they do not meet a certain “duty of care.”
Drivers, for instance, owe others on the road a duty of care to operate their vehicles in a reasonably safe way. That means complying with traffic laws and refraining from risky behavior, like driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs. A driver who does not live up to this standard is likely to be considered negligent.
A seasoned lawyer can help you establish negligence by compiling evidence like accident reports, witness statements and video footage. An attorney can also help you prove that the driver’s negligence caused the crash and detail the extent of your injuries.
Schedule a Free Consultation at Bloom Legal to Learn More
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car, truck or other accident in Louisiana, we can help. Call us at 504-209-7547 to schedule a free consultation with an experienced attorney at our New Orleans personal injury law firm.
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