Encountering a New Jersey drunk driver is a concern for motorists throughout the state. However, many residents of New Jersey may be surprised to learn that a recent report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicates that alcohol is not the most common impairment that causes car accident injuries and deaths. According to the NHTSA 2013-14 Roadside Survey of Alcohol and Drug Use by Drivers, drunk driving has decreased by one-third in the last eight years, while the use of other drugs while driving has increased over the last seven year period. This information is based on survey results from the NHTSA’s sampling of bodily fluids from over 11,000 drivers across the country.
This survey has been conducted five times over the last 40 years. Twenty-five percent of the drivers surveyed and tested had a minimum of one drug in their system that could cause a car accident. The samples showed that drug use among drivers on the weekend increased from 16% in 2007, to 20% in 2014. The use of marijuana increased by almost 50% during those seven years. A second study, titled the Crash Risk Study, found that marijuana users are more likely to be young males who typically crash at higher rates than other drivers regardless of drug use.
Negligent drivers, whether they are driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, cause car accidents that often result in serious physical injuries including broken bones, paralysis, catastrophic brain injury, loss of limbs, permanent cognitive impairment, permanent scarring and in the worst cases wrongful death. When a preventable car accident results in loss of life, the emotional injuries that accompany these incidents can be devastating. In order to reduce preventable car accidents caused by drug impaired drivers, tests need to be developed to reliably equate the specific drug concentration levels with a specific degree of driver impairment.
Cherry Hill Car Accident Lawyers at DiTomaso Law Fight Hard to get Justice for Victims Injured by Negligent Drivers
If you or your family has been injured in a New Jersey car accident caused by an impaired driver, the ramifications of the injuries and the long-term issues can be life-changing. You need the skills of a well-qualified Cherry Hill car accident lawyer who has the experience to thoroughly investigate your case and get you the compensation you deserve at the hands of another driver’s negligence. South Jersey personal injury lawyers at DiTomaso Law have the resources to take car accident cases to trial if necessary.
Our offices are conveniently in Cherry Hill, New Jersey and Center City Philadelphia, to serve all of South Jersey including those in the Cherry Hill area, Camden County, Burlington County, Cumberland County, Salem County, Gloucester County and Atlantic County. Call us at 856-414-0010 or submit an online inquiry form today for a free case review. Our Cherry Hill car accident lawyers offer a lower contingency fee rate than many other area personal injury lawyers.