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Understanding How Drug-Impaired Driving Leads to Car Accidents

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Federal and state officials have educated the American public on the dangers of drunk driving for years. However, the subject of drug-impaired driving doesn’t always receive the same attention. Prescription drugs, certain over-the-counter medications and illegal drugs can cause impairment while driving, either alone, combined or with alcohol. According to a survey conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 20 percent of drivers that were surveyed had tested positive for drugs for while on the road. How Can Drugged Driving Lead to a Car Accident? After states have recently legalized the recreational use of marijuana, the drug is now the most frequently detected substance in a driver’s system after alcohol. In NHTSA’s Crash Risk Study, researchers determined whether marijuana use by drivers is connected to a larger risk of car accidents. The survey concluded that marijuana users are more likely to be involved in a crash, but this…
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Drunk Driving Accidents Increase on Labor Day Weekend: Are You Prepared?

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Labor Day Weekend signals the end of the summer as school starts up and many American adults have a long weekend to celebrate their work during the year. Road trips, events and parties increase during this time, which unfortunately means that the risk of drunk driving accidents also increases. Why Do Drunk Driving Accidents Increase During Labor Day Weekend? The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over national mobilization for this year goes into effect from August 15 to September 3. This campaign will help to spread awareness on safety tips and the dangers of drunk driving, as well as increase police presence in order to help stop drunk drivers. According to the National Safety Council, on average, about 400 people die or are involved in a fatal accident over each Labor Day Weekend. Approximately 49,000 people will also seek medical care for serious injuries during this three-day weekend. In order…
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How Do I File a Claim After a Hit-and-Run Car Accident?

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According to a new study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, hit-and-run accidents and fatalities are at an all-time high. Louisiana, along with New Mexico and Florida, made the top of the list for the highest death rates from hit-and-run crashes. A hit-and-run car accident occurs when a driver intentionally leaves a car accident scene without providing contact information or speaking with law enforcement. This happens if a car hits you and drives off, or if a car crashes into your unattended parked car with no contact information provided. Since this type of car accident is a unique incident, victims of a hit-and-run sometimes wonder how they should file an injury claim. How Do I File My Insurance Claim After a Hit and Run? Most uninsured motorist coverage from your car insurance company covers accidents that were hit-and-runs. Certain states, such as Louisiana, do not allow UM property damage…
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