Is Drunk Driving the same as Drug Driving?

March 30, 2021
On behalf of The Law Offices of Howard Craig Kornberg Posted in Car Accident

There is little more to be said that we don’t already know about the devastating impacts of drunk driving. For more than 35 years, our team at the Law Offices of Howard Craig Kornberg has fiercely advocated for drunk driving victims. Our car accident attorneys in Los Angeles are highly trained and skilled to help you get the compensation you deserve because let’s face it, drunk driving isn’t new. The laws have been in the books for a while. Our team is here to help you better understand the difference between drunk and drug driving.

California Drunk Driving Laws Apply to Drive While on Drugs

Because alcohol is a legal substance, people have more access to it. Because alcohol is glorified through commercials, social media, and movies, people tend to accept excessive alcohol use more than drugs. Maybe the D.A.R.E program worked. People are less inclined to approve of someone doing lots of drugs like pills, cocaine, weed, etc. than they are alcohol. The truth is both are dangerous, and both can cause irreparable damage to the body and the bank account.

In California, the drunk driving laws apply to people who do drugs as well. Recent statistics show that 42% of all drivers killed in motor vehicle accidents were on some drug. That percentage is increasing every year. The Office of Traffic Safety recognizes that people have been more inclined to take medications like muscle relaxants, sedatives, and anti-anxiety drugs, and moreover the years. Even though these medicines are prescribed, abusing these drugs can cause even more driving impairments.

The OTS also notes that often people will drink while taking medication which is a recipe for disaster once you get behind the wheel. You can see the danger. It is good that we are normalizing medicine, but we are failing to address that people may be abusing medicines or taking them while maintaining their alcohol abuse.

Victims of Drunk/Drug Driving Should Hire an Attorney

If you or a loved one is a victim of a drunk/drug driving accident, hiring a car accident attorney will work in your favor. California is a comparative fault state meaning that the state doesn’t blame just one party; each party could take part in the fault of an accident. With an attorney on your side, we can do the hard work while you recover from your injuries. We are here to

  • Apprehend photographs taken at the scene of the accident
  • Obtain any video surveillance from nearby areas
  • Collect statements from those who saw the crash
  • Obtain the police report
  • Collect statements from people who may have seen the alleged intoxicated taking a drink or drugs before driving
  • Talk with insurance companies to ensure you are getting compensation

Our proficient Los Angeles drunk driving accident attorneys are here to ensure that you get compensation for unpaid medical bills, lost wages, pain, suffering, and other financial needs related to your accident. Take the time to reach out for a free consultation of your case by calling 310-997-0904.


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