For some time, alcohol impairment has been one the leading causes of fatal car accidents in the United States. However, according to data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the American Automobile Association (AAA), drugged driving has also become a big problem in New York and elsewhere.
The recent report showed that Suffolk County experienced the largest volume of drugged driver fatalities throughout the entire state in 2016. At the same time, it is important to note that this number is less than the figures collected for the previous year. In 2015, more than 30 drivers killed in fatal car accidents were found to have drugs in their bodies. Below you will find additional statistics associated with the findings:
- Across New York State, 29 drivers killed in accidents had narcotics in their systems
- Of the entire state's drug-related fatalities, 83 drivers tested positive for marijuana
- In Long Island alone, 17 deceased motorists tested positive for marijuana
- Also in the Long Island area, 19 drivers tested positive for narcotic substances
Although this information focuses only on drivers who died in motor vehicle accidents, it is reasonably safe to assume that passengers and other motorists suffered as well in these crashes. Whether these victims are killed or seriously injured, they or their families need a way to cope with the catastrophe they have suffered. In some cases, pursuing a car accident or wrongful death lawsuit may offer victims a way to begin overcoming over the tragedy that so changed their lives.
In all car accidents that were caused by negligence in some form, an attorney can answer your questions and advise you about what steps to take in the aftermath.