When most people think of DUI, they tend to think of driving under the influence of alcohol. While DUIs are commonly associated with drunk driving, Florida law also recognizes the offense of driving under the influence of drugs (DUID). If you or someone close to you was injured by a drugged driver, you should reach out to a Miami injury attorney immediately. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, we can examine the facts of your case and help you seek the damages you deserve.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, there were about 3,494 drug-related car accidents in Florida in 2014. Data indicates that about 25 percent of all impaired accidents involve drugs. Under Florida Statute § 893.03, a motorist who is under the influence of any of the following substances may be charged with drugged DUID in Florida:
- Gamma-Hydroxybutyric Acid (GHB)
- Phencyclidine (PCP)
- Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD)
It is important to note that legally prescribed drugs may also result in a DUID. The general rule to remember is that if a person’s ability to drive is impaired (regardless of the cause), he or she should not be getting behind the wheel. For example, a prescription drug that causes drowsiness could cause a serious accident and resulting injuries.