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Missouri Drugged Driving: Illegal Drugs Are A Factor In One Out Of Four Fatal Car Accidents

Drugged driving may be just as much of a risk as drunk driving. Our Kansas City auto accident attorneys aren't surprised by this news, but we were surprised by the results of a new study that linked drug use to almost one-quarter of all fatal accidents.
 
A study published in this month's issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs has found a strong link between illegal drug use and fatal car accidents across the country. According to the researchers at the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation just under 25 percent of all drivers involved in fatal traffic accidents tested positive for an illegal substance after the crash. 
 
The researchers examined ten years' worth of traffic accident data collected from the 20 states that require a drug test after a serious car collision.  The study included a total of 44,000 accidents. The researchers found that almost one-quarter of drivers involved in crashes had marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines, or some combination of the drugs in their system. 
 
The researchers also found that some illegal drugs were associated with more serious accidents and reckless behaviors than other drugs.  Drivers who use  "Uppers" such as cocaine, methamphetamines, and speed, were more likely to engage in reckless driving behaviors including speeding, distracted driving, failure to follow the rules of the road, and lack of seat belt use. But, marijuana use was only correlated with speeding accidents and a lack of seat belt use. 
 
In an earlier study on driver drug use researchers found that about 14 percent of all drivers on the road have an illegal drug in their system, but the authors of this study do not want to jump to conclusions about the causes of accidents.  While there is a certain correlation between illegal drug use and fatal car accidents, a correlation is not a causation. Drug use may impair drivers and cause crashes, it is just as likely that drivers who use drugs are likely to drive recklessly, or that the drivers use drugs, drink and drive at the same time. 
 
If you or a loved one been injured in a Missouri car crash caused by someone who was taking illegal drugs, you may be eligible for monetary compensation. Our Kansas City auto accident attorneys may be able to help. Contact Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys at 888 -348-2616 to schedule a free legal consultation.
 
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James Roswold
James Roswold is a Kansas & Missouri personal injury, workers comp, and medical malpractice attorney.

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