New Study: Half of Drivers Killed in Car Accidents Tested Positive For Drugs or Alcohol

by Carmen Dellutri on October 8, 2012

Fort Myers accident attorneyMore than half of U.S. drivers killed in car accidents tested positive for alcohol and/or drugs at the time of the crash, according to a recent study published in the journal Addiction. Researchers reached this conclusion after examining National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crash data on fatalities in 14 states.

As Cape Coral injury attorneys, we hope the findings remind drivers that impaired driving can be fatal.

Below are some additional findings:

  • Out of 20,150 fatally injured drivers in 2005 to 2009, 57 percent tested positive for at least one drug - including one in five who had multiple drugs in their system when the accident occurred.
  • Alcohol was the most common drug to show up on tox screens, followed by marijuana and stimulants, which include Adderall and amphetamines.
  • Sixty percent of men killed while driving had drugs or alcohol in their system, compared to less than half of women.
  • Drivers who had an accident at night or on the weekend were also more likely to test positive than those driving on a weekday.
  • Blacks and whites were equally likely to test positive on a tox screen after a fatal accident - but Asians were much less likely to have drugs or alcohol in their system, and Native Americans much more likely.

Source: Reuters

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Cape Coral accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Cape Coral injury attorneys for a free consultation.


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