Follow up to last week’s blog re: the growing incidence and danger of prescription drugs causing DUI

Prescription drug bottles

In our last blog we discussed the growing epidemic of DUI (Driving Under the Influence of a controlled substance) related arrests here in south Florida and throughout our country being caused by prescription drugs. The Tiger Woods DUI case has shown a spotlight on a problem that law enforcement has become all-too familiar with in recent years: prescription drugs are often powerful, and can become just as dangerous as alcohol when a person uses them and then gets behind the wheel of their motor vehicle.

In fact, taking a prescription drug before driving can be even more dangerous than alcohol because the danger of mixing prescription drugs and motor vehicle operation has been much less discussed and spotlighted than its counterpart alcohol. Furthermore, as The Palm Beach Post writers Jorge Millan and John Pacenti highlighted in their article on this very subject in last Thursday’s edition of The Palm Beach Post:

“According to a 2015 study released by the Governors Highway Safety Association, about 43 percent of fatally injured drivers were found to have either prescription or illegal drugs in their system, compared with 37 percent of drivers who had consumed alcohol. In 2005, only 27 percent of fatally injured drivers showed evidence of drug use.

The American Automobile Association reports that “prescription drugs are the most prevalent of all drugs” found in fatally injured drivers (46.5 percent).”

Millan and Pacenti further pointed out that the danger of driving under the influence of prescription drugs is even more pronounced because many drivers are “unaware they are doing anything wrong by driving drugged.”

To read the entire article go to: http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/news/crime–law/tiger-woods-arrest-reflects-nationwide-surge-drugged-driving/SW8HpnE6rfpcY7d1yjK5bK/

As we stated in last week’s blog and as you see discussed clearly in this and many other articles, an impaired person is held responsible for all damages incurred in an accident, even if under the influence of prescription drugs and not alcohol or hard drugs. That is obvious to most people. Fewer people realize that in this scenario you may also be considered a victim of a criminal act under our state law.

If you or a person you care about gets injured in a vehicle accident caused by a driver under the influence or you simply have a question about a potential personal injury situation that you have not yet had answered, please call us at Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne, P.A. We offer a free initial consultation, and our phone number is (561) 686-3400.

At Slinkman, Slinkman, & Wynne, we know unfortunately that DUI accidents happen all the time. If you are in an accident because of the negligence or drug use of another driver then you need to contact us right away. We help our clients obtain payment to cover hospital and other medical expenses, pain and suffering, and more, if the situation warrants it. If you want to learn more about how we can help you in a situation where someone you love has been in an accident, then go to this page on our website: http://sswlawfl.com/areas-of-practice/accidents-serious-injury/. We also specialize in Wrongful Death & Serious Injury, Medical Malpractice, Slip and Fall, Defective Products, and many other types of legal situations where injury or death has occurred.

Whether you are in Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter, Stuart, West Palm Beach or any other city in the state of Florida, you need to find and hire a law firm that has the level of knowledge and experience that will get you the financial results you deserve, while also working with you throughout your case until some type of resolution has been reached. With over four decades of experience, that firm is Slinkman, Slinkman, & Wynne.

Contact us directly at (561) 686-3400, or via email at info@sswlawfl.com.

 

 

Prescription drug abuse continues to lead to more DUI arrests in Jupiter and throughout Florida

DUI - prescription drug automobile accident deaths

By now almost everyone in south Florida and throughout the rest of the country has heard about Tiger Woods’ DUI arrest here in Jupiter early Monday morning. As more details have come out about the arrest, one of Tiger’s own statements that has received attention has been his contention that he was actually not under the influence of alcohol, but of a combination of prescription drugs.

 

When most of us think of DUI – Driving Under the Influence, we think of alcohol, hard core drugs like cocaine. The truth is that prescription drugs make up a significant portion of DUI arrests. Although the exact percentages are not known due to a lack of specific statistics, a 2010 study showed that prescription drugs were the 2nd most abused drug before driving when a fatal accident was involved. Only marijuana usage was higher on that list, while driving under the influence of cocaine caused only 25% of the number of automobile accident fatalities as prescription drugs, according to that same study.

 

To read about that study, go to: http://www.recoveryfirst.org/dui-drugged-driving/

 

Prescription drug abuse has become a serious problem in the United States. Numerous studies, stories and articles have highlighted the fact that pain clinics (sometimes referred to as “pill mills”) right here in Florida are helping to fuel the growth in this abuse problem.

 

Here is one of those many articles on this topic: http://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/local/2016/08/25/florida-fuels-prescription-drug-abuse-epidemic-archive/89299090/

 

In the state of Florida, the term DUI in our statutes encompasses significantly more than just alcohol, or even alcohol and hard-core drugs. Prescription drug use and abuse is involved in a significant amount of the motor vehicle accidents on our roadways and waterways – and you need a law firm well-versed in the laws of our state to help you get the compensation you deserve if you are involved in an accident caused by someone who is impaired by prescription drugs, or other drugs or alcohol in the state of Florida.

 

Just as with alcohol, that impaired person is held responsible for all damages incurred in the accident, even if under the influence of prescription drugs. That is obvious to most people. Fewer people realize that in this scenario you may also be considered a victim of a criminal act under our state law.

 

 

If you or a person you care about gets injured in a vehicle accident caused by a driver under the influence or you simply have a question about a potential personal injury situation that you have not yet had answered, please call us at Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne, P.A. We offer a free initial consultation, and our phone number is (561) 686-3400.

 

At Slinkman, Slinkman, & Wynne, we know that drunk driving accidents happen all the time. If you are in an accident because of the negligence of another driver, or the establishment who overserved that person, then you need to contact us right away. We help our clients obtain payment to cover hospital and other medical expenses, pain and suffering, and more, if the situation warrants it. If you want to learn more about how we can help you in a situation where someone you love has been in an accident, then go to this page on our website: http://sswlawfl.com/areas-of-practice/accidents-serious-injury/. We also specialize in Wrongful Death & Serious Injury, Medical Malpractice, Slip and Fall, Defective Products, and many other types of legal situations where injury or death has occurred.

 

Whether you are in Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter, Stuart, West Palm Beach or any other city in the state of Florida, you need to find and hire a law firm that has the level of knowledge and experience that will get you the financial results you deserve, while also working with you throughout your case until some type of resolution has been reached. With over four decades of experience, that firm is Slinkman, Slinkman, & Wynne.

 

Contact us directly at (561) 686-3400, or via email at info@sswlawfl.com.