“Hit & run accidents” can occur for many different reasons. As well, they can involve many different parties, as seen in Chicago area accidents summarized on this site under the “Hit & Run” category.
Often, those drivers who leave the scene of the accident are impaired either by the consumption of alcohol or by drug usage.
On the evening of November 15, 2020 there was a Lombard accident in which a vehicle fatally struck a bicyclist. The driver then left the accident scene.
This fatal accident is discussed in the “Fatal Lombard Bicycle Accident Along Roosevelt Road” post. As seen in that post, the driver allegedly had alcohol and drugs in his system at the time of the crash.
Over the past few years, there has been a significant increase in the number of drivers who drive while impaired by drugs. There are many drugs used by these drivers; however, among the most commonly used are marijuana, heroin, cocaine and meth.
The type and level of impairment caused by this drug use can vary significantly depending on many factors. For instance, the level of impairment can be amplified if many types of drugs are used (called “mixed drug” use) and/or alcohol is also consumed.
As seen in Chicago area accidents involving “drugged drivers,” such accidents are often serious in nature and have led to a wide range of serious injuries, including those that result in fatalities.
Those who have been injured due to the negligent and careless actions of drugged drivers can attempt to get accident compensation through the filing of a personal injury lawsuit. For accidents involving death, relevant parties can file a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the person or persons that have been fatally injured.
Due to often serious accidents that result due to the drugged driving, those who are injured often need significant if not substantial medical care. Getting properly compensated for these injuries and the other harm and hardships that has occurred becomes of great importance.