While impairment used to mean just those who had consumed alcohol before getting behind the wheel, the definition has expanded to encompass so much more. In addition to bad weather, poor road conditions or vehicle malfunctions, Indiana drivers must contend with those physically or cognitively unable to safely navigate the roads.
Driving while under the influence of alcohol can lead to countless devastating motor vehicle collisions. Unfortunately, both city streets and highways are crowded with impaired drivers of other kinds, including:
- Drugs: From marijuana to harder narcotics, drugged driving is a common source of collisions. Drivers under the influence of different types of drugs might feel fatigued, experience hallucinations or suffer a loss of perceptive ability while behind the wheel.
- Prescription medication: Millions of Americans rely on prescription medication to treat a serious condition, alleviate painful symptoms or reduce emotional distress. Unfortunately, these medications often come with severe side effects. From drowsiness and blurred vision to cognitive impairment and memory loss, strong prescription medication can lead to vehicle collisions.
- Driver fatigue: While driving tired might not seem like a dramatic problem, it can lead to numerous types of collisions. Drowsy drivers can drift into oncoming lanes, fail to recognize stopped traffic or drive through a marked intersection.
With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, Indiana drivers will likely face more than their fair share of impaired motorists. Unfortunately, an impaired driver can cause devastating collisions leading to catastrophic injuries. Injuries can run a wide range from head trauma and spinal cord damage to multiple fractures and amputation. Severe collisions can result in vehicle occupant fatality.