Some of the nastiest and most deadly accidents which we see on the road are caused by drivers who are under the influence. Despite the best efforts of law enforcement and government commercials, this is still a big problem on roads throughout the nation. It is not just those who consume illegal drugs or drink alcohol which cause the issues either, some people can cause accidents because of prescription medication too. In fact you only need to speak to a prescription drugs use car accident lawyer to find out just how frequently this can happen.
There are a number of reasons why driving under the influence causes accidents, and these are the most common.
When it comes to those who have been drinking or taking illegal substances, the over-confidence which this gives them can often result in an accent on the road. When the mind is altered by substances or alcohol drivers think that they have more time than they do and this can result in ambitious maneuvers which result in collisions.
We also see a great number of accidents which are caused by those under the influence, who drive at speeds way beyond the limit. Speeding is a common cause of accidents anyway, but when drivers are under the influence they are far less likely to respect speed laws, or unaware of just how fast they are going. Speed limits are there for a reason, so that drivers can stay in control of the vehicle given the environment. When drivers go too fast, accidents frequently occur.
Very often in the case of those who take prescription medication, we see drowsiness behind the wheel as a common cause of accidents. This happens more frequently at night, when the darker conditions result in drivers feeling sleepy. Drowsiness means slower reactions and a lack of focus, a combination which can very easily result in an accident on the road. If you are taking prescribed medication you should always check what the symptoms are with your doctor before you take them and drive. Even if you had no idea what would happen, if you cause a collision it will still be deemed as your fault in the eyes of the law.
A big area which law enforcement are trying to crack down on right now is distracted drivers, and this is something which is much more likely in drivers who are under the influence. It only takes a second or two of not looking at the road to miss a hazard, yet most drivers under the influence have little perception of time. Changing the radio, speaking with other passengers, checking mobile phones or simply not paying attention can all result in nasty collisions with other drivers.
The law is very clear on those who drive under the influence, and that is not to do it at all. If you are taking prescription medication then you should always seek professional healthcare advice before you get behind the wheel.