Study Shows the Number of Drugged Drivers Is on the Rise

In a growing number of fatal auto accident cases, narcotics are being blamed for driver impairment. For example, according to the Connecticut Post, a woman admitted to being on a day-long crack-cocaine binge before causing an accident with another car and a tractor-trailer along I-95 that seriously injured the truck driver.

The accident happened just outside Bridgeport, Connecticut, just before 4:30 last Wednesday while the 31-year-old crack addict was evading police in pursuit of her vehicle. She was traveling at speeds of 135 MPH when she sideswiped another car. That car then collided with a tractor-trailer, causing it to overturn and catch fire. The 28-year-old truck driver was taken to Norwalk Hospital for treatment.

The accident comes just days after two United States Senators introduced legislation that would give law enforcement funding to help combat drugged driving accidents. Their numbers indicate that in 2009, one-third of all drivers involved in fatal accidents had drugs other than alcohol in their system. Research shows that although the number of U.S. accidents may be declining, the number of drivers with positive drug test results involved in accidents has risen by five percent.

The Connecticut car accident lawyers with Carter Mario Law Firm often help those injured in drugged driving accidents receive the compensation they need for their injuries. If you have been injured at no fault of your own, contact an experienced attorney today.