Drugged Driving Accidents in Atlanta

With the high volume of traffic in Atlanta, and the web of Interstates that crisscross through the city, traffic accidents are often a concern or worry for commuters.

The average commuter probably worries most about accidents caused by weather, or sheer volume, and does not think as much about possible drugged driving accidents. However, drugged drivers can be the cause of car accidents in Atlanta. Here at Hinton & Powell we want to remind you of the correct steps to take if you are involved in a drugged driving accident.

Call Law Enforcement if You are Involved in a Car Crash

If you are in a crash, first be sure to call your local law enforcement agency even if you are not sure if it will be necessary for them to file a report. Any crash that causes injuries or damage of more than $500 will require police involvement. The police officer can assess the situation properly and determine while at the scene of the accident as to whether or not a report will be necessary.

If you have a suspicion that the other driver was driving drugged, be sure to let the officer taking the report to know what you suspect so that he or she can note it. Other steps you will want to take, if possible, include:

  • Gather information at the scene of the accident such as the driver’s full name and insurance information
  • Be sure to take photos of the damage to your vehicle, any injuries you may have incurred and the scene of the crash
  • Go to the hospital as soon as possible after the accident for treatment of any injuries you have sustained
  • Make sure your medical records and bills from the accident are organized in a file along with the rest of the information from the accident
  • Inform your insurance company of the accident
  • Call an attorney

Determining Drug Usage Can be Difficult

Drugged driving accidents in Atlanta do not receive as much attention across media outlets as drunk driving accidents. It may seem the reason for this is because alcohol can be obtained more easily and legally.

However, you must also consider that widespread anti-drunk-driving campaigns have made driving under the influence of alcohol socially unacceptable across American society.

Also, drugged driving accidents in Atlanta could be the result of prescription drug abuse or the use of other substances that make it harder for law enforcement to determine impairment. Many of the impaired drivers involved in a drugged driving accident have also been drinking making it nearly impossible to determine if drugs or alcohol was the cause of the impairment and accident. If you suspect you have been involved in a drugged driving accident be sure to follow the steps outlined above.

After a Drugged Driving Accident in Atlanta

If you have been in an accident where drugged driving is suspected, contact the personal injury lawyers at Hinton and Powell. Hinton & Powell, Atlanta’s top accident attorneys can help you fight for the compensation you deserve after a drugged driving accident in Atlanta. Call us at 404-365-7077 or fill out our online contact form to get started.