MONTGOMERY, Alabama. According to the Los Angeles Times, in 2011, accidental narcotic overdoses exceeded car accident deaths in the U.S. Many of these deaths are due to an increase in abuse of prescription drugs. In 2014, more people died from drug overdoses than any year before that, leading to the Centers for Disease Control to write about a drug overdose epidemic facing the nation. While some might believe that drug overdoses affect only the people who abuse drugs and their families, the reality is that drug overdoses can have a ripple effect, hurting people in the community as well. Drivers may not be aware that others on the road could be using drugs, or even be suffering from overdoses while they are behind the wheel.
For instance, in recent years, there have been more news reports of people getting into car accidents after overdosing. The Washington Post recently published shocking photos of a couple overdosed in the front seat of their car with a four year old boy in the back seat. The police stopped the vehicle after they noticed the driver driving erratically. The couple were essentially driving while passed out behind the wheel. According to police, the scene, while shocking, is something they see far too frequently. In fact, the city made the photos public to raise awareness of the real danger of America’s growing opioid epidemic.
Drivers of passenger vehicles are not the only ones who may be driving while drugged. Disturbingly, researchers found that as many as 30 percent of truck drivers admitted to using some form of amphetamine or drug to stay awake behind the wheel. According to Reuters, drug use among drivers varies depending on the country, but drivers may be abusing and using drugs to treat pain and to keep themselves awake through grueling schedules. The fact is that when truck drivers are inebriated, everyone suffers. Truck accidents can result in serious personal injuries. If you or a loved one was hurt in a truck accident in Montgomery, Alabama, Morris Bart is a truck accident lawyer who may be able to assist you in getting a recovery to pay for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Drugs and driving don’t mix, and drivers, especially commercial drivers, need to be held accountable when they make potentially deadly mistakes.
While some might believe that opioid overdoses are a problem of the big city, the reality is that more often, the crisis affects smaller cities more severely. The Montgomery, Alabama car accident attorneys at Morris Bart see cases where innocent lives are impacted by drunk or drugged driving. If you have been in an accident where the other driver was under the influence, it may be wise to speak to a car accident lawyer today to protect your rights. Opioid addiction is an illness that affects people from all walks of life—rich or poor. Getting help is essential—both to protect the life of the ill person and to protect the lives of innocent people on the road.