Auto Accidents Caused by Driving Under the Influence of Drugs

By: Nick Johnson

In a recent personal injury settlement in Texas, a well known auto accident lawyer was able to wrap up his pending auto accident lawsuit and bring his client an offer that exceeded 1 million dollars.

This personal injury settlement had been poorly publicized and in fact slipped under the rug that typically would have drawn a crowd of reporters and swarmed the auto accident lawyer and his client to the point of harassment.

The guilty party was a well known member of the community in very high standing, and he had an auto accident because he had engaged in recreational drug use at a party one night. He left the party, and within a mile of his home, hit a car full of sober teenagers returning from a party as well. The jail time he was facing didn't even begin to cover the damage he left behind as he drove away without checking if the kids were okay.

Unfortunately, numerous auto accident lawsuits are filed in conjunction with criminal charges. The influence of recreational drugs often makes people do things that they would not normally do, and behave in manners they would normally find appalling.

Auto accident lawyers are relatively busy filing auto accident lawsuits in the wake of drug related car accidents, as the damage done is often exacerbated by the behavior which occurs immediately following the accident. The driver is aware that they are illegally intoxicated, and thus feel the consequences for stopping to make sure everyone is okay simply isn't worth it.

It is no doubt a cowardly action to take, and this often is the result of the loss of reasoning skills associated with being affected by illegal drug use. Personal injury settlements are often hand in hand with jail sentences.

Of course, the world is not always fair, and people with good reputations, high profile jobs, and a lot of money often do not face the same criminal consequences as the average factory worker in America. Thus, the only recourse is the filing of an auto accident lawsuit and the hopes of a large personal injury settlement.

More often than not, a personal injury settlement is awarded to avoid the negative publicity a trial can bring. People with large names, or even small names, are not interested in having the entire state of Texas, or any other state for that matter, know the extent of their poor judgment and bad behavior.

Personal injury settlements arrived to via a large name figurehead is often contingent upon a silence clause, meaning the victim is not permitted to speak to anyone at all about the conditions of the accident, the case, or the personal injury settlement.

Personal injury settlements only help to alleviate the financial pressure that can be accrued after a serious car accident. Of course, people who are injured can not return to work until they have healed, and there are instances where they will never be able to return to work.

Filing an auto accident lawsuit is the only viable method of recovering financially from the devastation of a car accident. A car accident that involves the use of illegal drugs is considered so egregious simply because it could have been avoided. In most cases, car accidents involving drug use involve the affected individual's lack of judgment or driving error. Unfortunately, these accidents also tend to happen at higher speeds due to the influence of illegal drugs.

A competent auto accident lawyer can meet with the victim and their family members to discuss the potential for filing an auto accident lawsuit. There are rules and regulations which must be followed when filing an auto accident lawsuit, so it is vital that the auto accident lawyer is able to describe everything in great detail and in a manner that can be easily understood.

Car accident victims are often medicated on pain killers and may not retain their full mental capacity during the first few meetings with the auto accident lawyer. Thus, it is recommended that the victim have a representative such as an immediate family member there to discuss the possibility of filing an auto accident lawsuit, the likelihood of receiving a personal injury settlement that will afford for the medical bills and lost wages, and of course, pain and suffering.

Only a victim of a car accident involving the use of illegal drugs can know whether they want to file an auto accident lawsuit, however a spouse or other family member can take notes and ask pertinent questions during meetings with the auto accident lawyer to make the process easier on the victim.

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