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Drug Use Potential Cause of Fatal Crash

Posted on April 27, 2018

Drinking and driving is a major cause of car accidents in Maryland and other states throughout the country. However, statistics are showing a rise in the number of accidents caused by drugged drivers. Heroin addiction is growing at high rates, which means more and more drivers under the influence and being involved in a crash.

Sadly, this was the case on the afternoon of March 11 when a multi-vehicle crash in Annapolis left a woman dead. Police were called to the scene of the three-vehicle accident on Buschs Frontage Road and saw the horrific aftermath.

A Ford Taurus was speeding down the road when it crossed the center line and hit a Toyota Camry before it was struck by a Ford truck. Two passengers in the Taurus and the driver of the Camry were taken to a shock trauma center to be treated for their injuries. Three other passengers were taken to a local hospital. The driver of the Camry, an 81-year-old woman, later died from her injuries.

Based on comments made by a passenger, investigators found that the driver of the Taurus, a 27-year-old man, had been under the influence of heroin at the time of the accident. Both he and his 24-year-old female passenger are in critical condition.

Driving While Drugged

With marijuana now legal in many states and the nation suffering from an opioid crisis, driving while drugged is becoming more and more commonplace. While opioids and heroin are not drugs that are typically abused while driving, authorities have seen a rise in such cases over the past couple years. Many are finding parents passed out from heroin overdoses while in the car while their children in the back seat look on.

The numbers are concerning. Ten million Americans age 12 and older have admitted to driving while under the influence of illegal drugs, according to 2014 National Survey of Drug Use and Health. In a 2014 survey, 20 percent of drivers had tested positive for drug use.

Contact an Oxon Hill Personal Injury Lawyer Today

Those who are intoxicated by drugs—illegal or prescription—should not be on the roadways, as seen in this case.

If you or a loved one was injured or killed by the negligence of a driver under the influence of drugs or alcohol, contact The Law Office of William C. McCaskill, PLLC. He can help you obtain the compensation you deserve while making sure justice is served. Schedule a free consultation by calling us today at (240) 766-8085.

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