Cincinnati Drugged Driving Accident Attorneys
Everyone understands that a person driving under the influence of alcohol can cause serious accidents and harm to others. However, what is less prominent, although equally as dangerous, is drugged driving.
What is drugged driving, precisely? Drugged driving is when a person is impaired by the recent use of drugs, either legal or illicit. Drugged driving prohibits the drugged motor vehicle operator from operating a motor vehicle safely.
In 2018, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health conducted a study regarding the number of people who drove under the influence of illegal drugs. The study determined that 12.6 million people drove while drugged that year. The results of the study also indicated that men, and drivers aged 21 through 25, were most likely to drive while under the influence of drugs.
An accident with a vehicle operated by a drugged driver can cause severe injuries to those involved. In worst-case scenarios, drugged driving can cause death to innocent victims. If you or a loved one were involved in a Cincinnati drugged driving accident, you are entitled to compensation for the harm caused to you by the drugged driver’s reckless behavior. Don’t let the drugged driver who caused the accident go unpunished. The attorneys at Lawrence & Associates are available to help after your Cincinnati drugged driving accident.
Our attorneys have years of experience holding people who drive under the influence responsible for their actions. We have the knowledge, skill, and experience to gather all of the evidence necessary to prove fault on the wrongful party and make sure that you get the compensation you deserve.
The attorneys at Lawrence & Associates have a 10 rating with Avvo, and have been named as a Top 100 Trial Lawyers firm with The National Trial Lawyers Association.
We understand the pain, turmoil, and uncertainty that our clients experience after a serious drugged driving automobile accident, and we are here to help.
At Lawrence & Associates, we are dedicated to providing our clients not only with exceptional legal services, but with any other assistance they might need as they recover from their traumatic event. We treat each client as an individual and provide the attention each client needs and deserves.
Our team of legal professions truly want to help you get your life back on track after your drugged driving car accident. Call us at [phone number] to discuss the specific circumstances of your case. You can also visit our website to reach us by email, Skype, or online chat.
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Do I Need a Drugged Driving Accident Attorney?
In short, yes, if you sustained injuries caused by a drugged driver, you need to retain a drugged driving attorney to ensure that you are fairly compensated for your damages. If a drugged driver collided with you, an insurance adjuster might call you and offer you money to settle your case. Sometimes, these adjusters will offer to pay for the loss of your vehicle, and ask that you sign paperwork releasing them off all claims. Don’t fall for this trap! People who sign these documents forfeit their rights to bring a claim for personal injuries. Remember, the insurance companies do not operate with your best interest in mind. Their only goal is to pay you as little money as possible, and they will do anything to achieve that goal.
In other scenarios, the insurance adjuster might offer you the full amount of insurance available under the drugged driver’s policy. Again, do not be fooled. Often times, the wrongful party will have assets that you are entitled to pursue if there is not enough insurance to compensate you for your injuries. An experienced drugged driving attorney will help you identify all sources of insurance and other assets available to compensate you for the harm you suffered so that you can be made whole again.
You also need a drugged driving attorney to make sure that you collect all of the evidence necessary to establish that the other driver was operating their vehicle under the influence of illicit drugs. Drugged driving cases are not as straightforward as a regular car accident cases. Special expert witnesses, such as an accident reconstructionist and toxicologist, must be obtained in a drugged driving case. Without adequate proofs, your case may be dismissed by a judge.
Finally, your drugged driving attorney will make sure that you are compensated for all your losses. For example, you may know that you are entitled to be compensated for your pain and suffering. However, you may also be entitled other damages such as:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Past and future lost wages
- All out-of-pocket expenses
- Post-traumatic stress
- Property damage
If you suffered injuries in a drunk driving accident, it is imperative that you contact an attorney as soon as you are able. The attorneys at Lawrence & Associates will make sure to protect all of your legal rights.
Why Choose Lawrence & Associates to Handle My Drugged Driving Accident Case?
Lawrence & Associates was founded in 2005 by Justin Lawrence, Esq. Justin believes in working hard to make sure that all of his injured clients recover the maximum amount of compensation in their personal injury case. His efforts pay off. Over the years, he has obtained over 100 million dollars in settlements and verdicts for his clients.
More importantly, Justin believes in providing the best possible legal and customer service to his clients. He prides himself on the fact that he can give individualized attention to each client, and his firm is generally more responsive and attentive than other personal injury firms.
Justin graduated cum laude from the University of Kentucky in 2002 with a degree in accounting and business administration. He then went on to obtain his law degree from the Salmon P. Chase College of Law in 2005.
Justin is active in the Kentucky Justice Association and the Northern Kentucky Bar Association. He is also a member of the Ohio Association for the Justice and the Kentucky Bar Association.
Justin is admitted to all of the state courts of Ohio and Kentucky. He is also admitted to the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth and Third Circuits, and to the United States Supreme Court.
Additionally, Justin also dedicates his time and talents to the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati, a school that helps people with disabilities grow to live independently and to their fullest potential.
Pete Tripp, Esq. is a partner at Lawrence & Associates. Mr. Tripp also practices in Ohio and Kentucky. Pete was born in England and was proud to become a citizen of the United States in 2012.
Pete graduated cum laude from the Salmon P. Chase College of Law. Upon graduating, he received the Certificate of Excellence in Advocacy. He was also nominated to the prestigious Order of the Barrister and is a member of the Inns of Court. Pete currently works as an adjunct professor at his alma mater, where he leads the school’s trial team.
Pete is a member of the Kentucky Bar Association and the Ohio State Bar Association. He is also an advocate for breast cancer awareness.
Types of Drugged Driving Accident Cases We Handle
In the United States, as marijuana has become legalized in many states and is growing popularity, so are incidents involving drugged driving. The chemicals in marijuana are known to affect a person’s ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. Using marijuana impairs the person’s judgment by slowing their reaction times and impairing their ability to judge speed and distance. These impairments can become magnified as alcohol consumption is typically combined with marijuana use.
People who get behind the wheel after using cocaine or methamphetamine also exhibit behaviors of impaired driving. These drugs can cause a person to drive recklessly. This may include speeding, tailgating, weaving in and out of traffic, or taking turns at high speeds. Needless to say, this type of impaired driving can easily cause a serious accident.
Not all motorists who are involved in drugged driving crashes are under the influence of illicit or recreational drugs. A driver who is under the influence of prescription or over-the-counter medication could also be impaired enough to cause a serious or life-threatening accident. It is crucial that motorists read the labels on their medication before getting behind the wheel to ensure that they are not too impaired to drive safely.
Drugged driving accidents can cause very serious bodily harm. Injuries that people typically sustain in Cincinnati drugged driving accidents include:
- Fractured or shattered ribs or bones
- Concussions / subdural hematomas / traumatic brain injuries
- Injuries to the neck and back, including herniated discs and spinal cord damage
- Internal derangement of the knees
- Internal derangement of the shoulders
- Abrasions, lacerations, bruises
- Internal bleeding
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
Don’t become a statistic. Don’t drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Call Lawrence & Associates Now To Discuss Your Drugged Driving Accident Case
If you or a loved one were severely injured in a collision with a drugged driver contact the Cincinnatti car accident attorneys at Lawrence & Associates right away. Our team will be ready to explain your legal options and help you get the fair compensation you’re owed. You can contact Justin Lawrence, Pete Tripp, and the attorneys at Lawrence & Associates, at (513) 351-5997. You can also visit our website to reach us by email, Skype, or online chat. Call now. Our initial consultation is free.