When an intoxicated driving accident happens in the Cleveland area, most people assume that the driver must have been drunk and that the crash was an alcohol-impaired collision. While alcohol consumption certainly can result in intoxicated driving wrecks, it is important to know that there are other forms of intoxication. Indeed, drugged driving has become a serious problem in Ohio and across the country and it poses very serious risks to other motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists on the roads.
As a car accident lawyer in Cleveland with years of experience representing clients, I know how devastating a drugged driving collision can be. If you got hurt or lost a loved one in a drugged driving crash, I want to help you seek the financial compensation you deserve.
What is a Drugged Driving Collision?
The National Institute on Drug Abuse explains that drugged driving is any situation in which a person drives a vehicle “while impaired due to the intoxicating effects of recent drug use.” Different types of drugs can have different effects on the body, and a drugged driving accident can occur whether a person is using illegal drugs or is lawfully taking a prescription medication that results in impairment.
Drugged driving is dangerous for many reasons, such as:
- Marijuana use can slow a driver’s reaction time and decrease coordination;
- Use of cocaine or methamphetamine can lead a driver to be reckless and aggressive;
- Benzodiazepines and opioids can make a driver drowsy and dizzy, and they can also impair a driver’s cognitive function, which controls a driver’s thinking and judgement; and
- Some studies have found that using opioids while driving can double the risk of causing a car accident.
According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, about 20 million people admit to drinking alcohol and driving in the last year, while almost 13 million admit to driving under the influence of illegal drugs. That number of self-reported drugged drivers does not include drivers who drove under the influence of prescription medications.
Ohio law recognizes that impaired driving can involve more than alcohol-impaired crashes. Under Ohio’s impaired driving law (Ohio Rev. Code 4511.19), it is unlawful for a person to operate a vehicle under the influence (OVI) of alcohol or drugs.
How Much Time Do I Have to File a Drugged Driving Lawsuit?
If you were injured in a crash caused by a drugged driver, you need to know that Ohio’s statute of limitations only gives you a short amount of time to file a lawsuit. While you might want to begin the claims process by filing an auto insurance claim, you will need to make sure that you file a lawsuit within two years from the date of the accident.
When an injury victim fails to file a claim within the time window established by the statute of limitations, that claim will become time-barred. If you get in touch with me as soon as possible, I can ensure that your claim is filed in a timely manner.
Contact Me for More Information About Filing a Drugged Driving Claim
If you need assistance with a Cleveland drugged driving lawsuit, I’ll Make Them Pay!® Call me at 877.944.4373 to learn more about filing a claim.