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Substance-Impaired Driving Continues to be a Risk

November 12, 2021 | Category: DUI Accidents | Share

A study of some of our nation’s trauma centers in late 2020 showed 56 percent of drivers involved in serious injury and fatal crashes tested positive for at least one drug. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says, “You can’t drive safely if you’re impaired. That’s why it’s illegal everywhere in America to drive under the influence of alcohol, marijuana, opioids, methamphetamines, or any potentially impairing drug, prescribed or over-the-counter.”

Substance-Impaired Driving Continues to be a Risk - Spivey LawDrugs react differently in a driver’s system.

  • Alcohol and marijuana can cause slow coordination, judgment problems, and slower reaction times.
  • Cocaine and methamphetamine have the potential of making people more aggressive and reckless drivers.
  • If two or more drugs are combined in the system, the effects of any one of them can be amplified.
  • There are prescription and over-the-counter medications that can cause drowsiness, dizziness, and other side effects. It is important to read all labels before taking medications for the safety information they provide.

Recovery facilities agree that driving while impaired continues to be a complex and persistent issue for traffic safety and public health. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study in 2018 showed 12 million people in the U.S., or 4.7 percent of the population age 16 and older, reported driving under the influence of marijuana during the previous 12 months; 2.3 million, or 0.9 percent, reported driving under the influence of illicit drugs, other than marijuana, during that same time period.  

“Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. represents victims of drunk-driving and drugged-driving accidents. We passionately advocate for the rights of the injured and the rights of families of those tragically killed because of impaired drivers. Here are just a few of the case results we have achieved for our clients:

  • A record jury verdict was awarded to a Naples car accident victim who suffered serious back injuries because of a crash caused by a drunk driver who crossed the center line and struck her vehicle.
  • A judgment was obtained for the victim of a DUI accident who received brain injuries in a Fort Myers car accident because of a drunk driver.
  • A settlement was obtained for a motorcycle accident victim who lost his vision and suffered other injuries when a drunk driver crossed the centerline and pulled into the path of his motorcycle in Port Charlotte.

If you or a loved one is injured because of the negligence of another, please contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. after seeking medical attention. We represent people involved in numerous types of personal injury and wrongful death accidents throughout the state of Florida. All our clients have unique personal injury cases. Our firm provides personal contact and communication along with aggressive representation. There are no costs or attorney fees until we receive a monetary recovery for you, and we are available 24/7,” said Florida Car Accident Lawyer Randall Spivey.



Florida Car Accident Lawyer Randall L. Spivey is a Board-Certified Trial Attorney – the highest recognition for competence bestowed by the Florida Bar and a distinction earned by just one percent (1%) of Florida attorneys. He has handled over 2,000 personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout Florida. For a free and confidential consultation to discuss your legal rights, contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. in Lee County at 239.337.7483 or toll-free at 1.888.477.4839, or by email to  Visit for more information.  You can contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. in Charlotte County at 941.764.7748 and in Collier County at 239.793.7748.




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