Although the dangers of driving while intoxicated (DWI) are well-known in Fort Worth, the similar hazards of driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs are often little more than an afterthought. Both alcoholic drinks and a variety of both legal and prohibited drugs can have a similar effect on a motorist’s brain, impairing their judgment, reaction time, and motor skills – rending them incapable of safely operating a car, truck, motorcycle or other vehicle.
When I talk about driving under the influence of drugs as a Fort Worth personal injury lawyer, the legality of the drug in question is almost completely irrelevant. What’s important is the effect that the drug has on the driver’s ability to safely operate an automobile. Both illegal drugs such as marijuana and cocaine, and over-the-counter prescription medications such as Nyquil and Xanax can all seriously affect a driver’s mental and physical capabilities.
Although the following is an incomplete list, the following drugs and drug types are commonly regarded as altering the brain’s cognitive functions seriously enough to render the user incapable of safely operating a motor vehicle: benzodiazepines, opiates, amphetamines, cannabis, opioids, stimulants, opiate analgesics, Benadryl, Vicodin, morphine, heroin, pot, coke, and other psychotropic drugs.
Drugged Driving and Proving Negligence
Unlike with drunk drivers, it is somewhat more challenging to prove that a motorist was drugged driving and under the influence at the time of a traffic collision. As such, it is critical that you have a board certified Fort Worth personal injury and wrongful death attorney on your site to gather as much evidence as possible in support of your case so that the at-fault driver’s insurance company is forced to pay the maximum possible compensation.
An expert Fort Worth injury lawyer will gather the investigating officer’s crash scene report, any reports completed by a drug recognition expert (DRE) officer, a DUI offense report if one was completed, witness statements, as well as the results of any blood test or urine analysis of the at-fault driver.
Why Hire a Personal Injury Attorney?
Many people believe that making a claim is sufficient for receiving compensation after an at-fault drugged driver caused an accident. While this may be true in some cases, the reality is that insurance companies give settlement offers far below what accident victims actually deserve. For example, as noted earlier in this article, proving that the at-fault driver was drugged at the time of an accident can be very hard, and insurance companies know that. This is why having a counter-argument in the event of a low settlement offer can be challenging. Also, there are accident victims who rely on the internet to provide them with resources on how to go after an insurance company alone to seek compensation. While there may be certain helpful suggestions provided, the truth of the matter is that the online resources available do not come near what an attorney can bring to the table. Attorneys have years of education and experience under their belt, which is why they become very useful in battling stubborn insurance companies.
Furthermore, personal injury attorneys specialize in obtaining accident victims with the compensation they deserve. Unlike insurance adjusters and public counselors, personal injury attorneys have specific training and great expertise on dealing with insurance companies, insurance adjusters, claim adjusters, insurance representatives, and much more. All in all, if an accident victim decides to hire a personal injury attorney, it is very likely that their compensation will be multiplied versus what they could obtain by themselves. Accident victims that are serious about obtaining compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, and accident-related expenses should immediately hire a personal injury attorney following the accident they were in.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a car wreck or other traffic accident caused by a driver under the influence of drugs or alcohol, it is important that you consult with a board certified Fort Worth personal injury lawyer to discuss your legal rights and make sure you have the best possible chance of recovering the full and fair compensation you deserve under Texas law. As mentioned in the previous section, if you need to have medical treatment, it can be covered for through compensation. The same is true with taking time off work and losing wages as a result of the accident: all of these things can be compensated for, which is why contacting the attorneys at the Anderson Law Firm will be one of the best decisions you will have made following a car accident.
Worried about paying for an attorney? Don't be! We offer our services in a contingency basis, meaning that you do not have to pay a penny up front for hiring us. When we win your case, a certain percentage will go to our law firm, which means that you will not pay anything out of pocket for hiring our professional legal team. Call the Anderson Law Firm toll free at 800-354-6275 or locally at 817-294-1900. Contact us today for a free, no obligation consultation where we can discuss your legal rights as a victim of a car accident, as well as any compensation you may be entitled to!
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