There are many people who will drink the night before and, the following morning, get behind the wheel of a car whilst either hungover or, in some cases, still over the legal limit. In fact, it is becoming more and more common for the police to stop people in the morning and testing them for alcohol. The prevalence of alcohol today means that the police are also testing for alcohol in a wide range of incidents, including even minor impacts and collisions.
In addition to drink driving, there is also the increased risk of drug driving. The risks of driving whilst on drugs aren’t limited to illegal drugs either. There are all kinds of painkillers and other medical treatments which can drastically impair one’s ability to drive. If the driver of another vehicle isn’t in their right mind thanks to medical treatment, then that is just as big an issue as if they were drunk behind the wheel.
The answer is simple – if someone is operating a car while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, then they are drug/drink driving. While you are legally allowed to drive with a minor amount of alcohol in your system (35 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath), it can still contribute to poor judgement and bad driving. It can be incredibly difficult to know just how much is legally safe to drink before you drive, especially with the wide range of alcohols currently available, all with different percentages.
Drug driving is often harder to prove on-the-spot compared to drink driving. However, if you are under the influence of any medical treatment, it is possible that you, temporarily, aren’t insured to drive. This can lead to a whole range of problems, especially if you’re the one who’s suffered due to their poor driving. Just some of the legal drugs which can impair someone’s ability to drive can include:
- Painkillers – This is especially true for high-strength painkillers, such as codeine, but even paracetamol can lead.
- Sleeping Tablets – If you have any sleeping aids in your system, they can make it incredibly difficult to stay awake. Stronger sleeping aids can still affect you the morning after taking them.
- Prescribed Medication – Prescription medicines are required by a doctor because they impact your body in various ways. They can make you drowsy, dizzy, light-headed, shaky or even overly aggressive. Any of these issues can result in an impaired judgement or inability to drive.
In addition to legal drugs, there is still a surprising number of people who choose to drive while under the influence of illegal drugs. Cannabis is the most frequently-traced drug today, and more than 800,000 UK drivers are suspected to operate a vehicle while high every single year.
If you’ve suffered because of a driver who was either drunk or under the influence of legal or illegal drugs, then you may be able to make a personal injury claim. Even minor collisions can cause injuries or damage to your vehicle/property and a personal injury claim can sometimes be the only way you’ll be able to get the compensation you deserve.
If your injuries are severe, then it is essential you make a claim against the other party. It isn’t just about getting the money you need to pay for damages either. In many cases, it can be more important to feel like you’re getting the justice you need. Feeling like the other party gets away without any punishment can be a terrible feeling and can severely impact your recovery.
Here at Tyler’s Solicitors, our professional team have dealt with a wide range of personal injury claims. Whether you’ve suffered injury or damage to property due to drink or drug driving, our team are here for you. We can work with you to get both the compensation and the justice you need to move on with your life.
Our professional team of no-win, no-fee lawyers are here to help you. We only get paid if the claim is successful – that means you don’t need to put any money into the case, allowing you to concentrate on recovering from the incident.
If drink and drug driving has impacted you in any way, then you may be able to make a personal injury claim. To organise your initial meeting, get in touch with our professional team on 0800 699 0079. Alternatively, you can email us directly at email@example.com, and we’ll be sure to get back to you as soon as we can.
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No matter where you were injured in the UK, Tylers Solicitors are just a telephone call away from giving you expert advice about your drink-drug driving compensation claim. If you would like to contact us about claiming compensation in the UK then telephone 0800 699 0079 today for a no obligation chat.