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There is no safe way to drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Sadly, some drivers believe that they can wing it, most likely because they have done it several times before without any consequences.
Nobody who drives after using a substance that causes impairment ever thinks they will seriously injure or kill someone. Yet, more than 10,000 people were killed by drunk drivers in 2018 across the United States — 20 in Rhode Island. These statistics don’t include the number of fatalities caused by drivers who were under the influence of recreational and prescription drugs.
Those who use drugs and alcohol lose the good judgment, alertness, coordination and control needed to safely drive a car. Crashes involving an impaired driver are often linked to:
Impaired drivers often cause the most devastating crashes. Their lack of control and awareness leads them to drive at dangerous speeds, behave recklessly, or fail to respond to an emergency situation. Survivors of impaired driving crashes often sustain serious injuries, some of which can be permanent. These include:
If you or a loved one was involved in a crash with an impaired driver, you have the right to pursue legal damages from the at-fault driver’s insurance company. An experienced personal injury lawyer at the Law Office of Mark B. Morse, LLC can take on the insurance company for you and help you get compensated for every penny you’re entitled to. To learn more about the legal options available to you, contact us.