Proving Drug Intoxication – Car Accident Lawyer St. Louis
The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. holds drugged drivers accountable. If you were injured by a reckless driver, we will help you receive full and fair compensation.
Driving under the influence of alcohol is one of the leading causes of auto accidents every year. However, drunk driving is not the only cause for concern. Some people drive under the influence of illegal drugs, while others drive while high on recreational drugs, like Marijuana. According to a recent study, the number the drivers who died from road accidents and also had traces of drugs in their blood increased by 40% in the last decade.
At The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C., we hold drugged drivers accountable for their actions. However, before a victim is able to recover compensation, it must be first proven that the other driver was under the influence of drugs while driving.
Missouri Drugged Driving Laws
Missouri law states that,
A person commits the crime of “driving while intoxicated” if he operates a motor vehicle while in an intoxicated or drugged condition.
So, if a person is driving a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, a drug, a controlled substance, or any combination of the three, he or she is considered to be in an “intoxicated condition.” Therefore, it is illegal to drive while under the influence of drugs.
There is no “legal limit” in Missouri. So any amount of controlled substance or drug found in the blood while driving is prohibited. Also, a person cannot claim that they were legally entitled to use the controlled substance and thus justify driving while under the influence.
Proving Driver Intoxication
As with proving drunk driving, there are obvious signs when a person is under the influence of drugs. You can notice how the person acts or how they look. If you are involved in a car accident, you should take note of the other’s drivers appearance if yo are able. Some of the signs that a person in under the influence of drugs are:
- Bloodshot eyes
- Pupils larger or smaller than they should be
- Slurred speech
- Impaired coordination
- Irrational behavior
- Poor muscle control
If it is possible, try and make clear notes, or ask someone else to, regarding your observations. Gather as much information about the other driver as you can. If there are witnesses, get their information so that they may be able to be contacted and they can corroborate your account.
Police Reports and Test Results
When the police arrive upon the scene of a car accident, they will interview the drivers that were involved in the accident. An officer will typically be able to notice the signs of drugged driving right away and may place the person under arrest. Evidence will be gathered to prove whether or not the person was under the influence of drugs at the time of the accident.
The police report is likely the most important document in a DUI conviction. It generally has enough information in it to justify the arrest and conviction of the driver.
Contact a St. Louis Car Accident Attorney
If you were injured in a car accident due to a drugged driver, contact The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. today. We focus our law practice exclusively on handling accident injury cases. With more than 15 years of experience, no case is too complex for attorney Christopher Hoffmann. Our goal is to secure maximum financial compensation for your physical and emotional recovery.
Let us help you obtain the maximum amount of compensation for your claim. While no amount of money will make things right, we can at least help you avoid further complications from a drugged driving accident. Call us at (314) 361-4242 or fill out our online contact form. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to talk to you about your case.