Drunk driving gets a lot of attention, and deservedly so. In a given year, approximately one-quarter to one-third of Texas roadway fatalities are caused by drivers under the influence of alcohol.
Drugged driving is just as dangerous as drunk driving, but from a legal standpoint, drug-impaired driving is more complicated than alcohol-impaired driving. Driving under the influence (DUI) is a crime in Texas, regardless of whether the driver has been using alcohol or drugs. This includes not only illegal drugs like marijuana and cocaine, but also over-the-counter substances and prescription medications.
Drugged drivers aren’t always as easy to recognize as drunk drivers, however, and unlike alcohol, there are no legally established limits for what constitutes drug intoxication. While there’s no question that drug use makes driving more dangerous, proving drugged driving isn’t always as straightforward. If you were injured by a driver who may have been under the influence of drugs, hiring the right law firm can make all the difference in your case.