An impaired driver can cause serious property damage and injury if they cause an accident in the city of Atlanta. There are various types of impairment that are considered illegal. The use of any substance that alters the way a person can drive safely is prohibited by law. Common types of impairment include:
- Alcohol: Alcohol is by far the most common substance used by today’s drivers that impacts their ability to drive safely. A person who has consumed alcohol may have a slowed reaction time, have an inability to maintain a single lane of traffic, or even travel at speeds that are unsafe for the road conditions.
- Illegal narcotics: Illegal narcotics, including marijuana, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamines are used by persons prior to driving. These substances can cause the same results as alcohol and more. Whether or not a driver is impaired due to illegal substances requires a blood or urine test.
- Prescription/legal medication: Many people don’t consider prescription medications to be substances that impair the ability to drive. Yet, medications used to treat common conditions like the cold and flu can cause drowsiness. This may impair a person’s ability to drive safely.
When a person is injured in an accident caused by an impaired driver, they may be entitled to compensation paid by the at-fault driver. If you have been injured in such an accident, consult an attorney experienced in auto accident law for assistance. You may be entitled to damages for injuries, property damage, lost wages and more.