Driving is a complicated skill that involves the whole body. People need to use their minds to get where they are going and to avoid obstacles. They need their eyes to see what’s around them and to stay on course. And, they need the rest of their bodies to run the car and appropriately respond to any situation. Without complete control over the body, operating a car can be extremely unsafe.

Intoxicated drivers, however, do not have complete control. They have poorer reaction times, trouble focusing or even trouble staying awake. When people think about intoxicated drivers, they likely think about those under the influence of alcohol. However, this is not the only type of intoxicated drivers. Drugged drivers can be just as dangerous.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the misuse of prescription drugs or the use of illegal drugs can be just as dangerous as drunk driving. In fact, one study showed that as many as 18 percent of people killed in car accidents tested positive for at least one drug. Other studies have showed that illegal drug users are much more likely to cause accidents than people without drugs.

Drugs are dangerous for a number of reasons. They can cause dizziness, aggressive behavior, slow reaction time, decreased coordination and drowsiness. This combination is often deadly. The most common drugs that lead to issues include marijuana, and prescription medications, including Xanax, Valium, OxyContin and Vicodin.

Whether a car accident is caused by someone under the influence of alcohol or drugs, victims can seek compensation. By filing a legal suit, with the help of an attorney, victims of drugged or drunk drivers can get the money they need to move forward from the devastation.