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Drugged Driving and Distracted Driving Were Factors in Texas Crash that Killed 13

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Drugged Driving and Distracted Driving Were Factors in Texas Crash that Killed 13

Drugged driving and texting appear to have been factors leading up to a terrible bus wreck last week that claimed the lives of 13 people in Texas.

The accident near San Antonio occurred when a white pickup crashed into a bus carrying seniors. The pickup truck was seen driving erratically shortly before the tragedy.

Disturbing details since emerged about the driver of the pickup. He took a cocktail of prescribed drugs and had marijuana in his vehicle, according to media reports. He may also have been texting before the crash, reported the Daily News.

The report stated the driver admitted to taking two pills of Clonazepam after the wreck on March 29. He is reported to have felt drowsy. He also took the generic forms of the prescription drugs Ambien and Lexapro, My San Antonio reported.

A Texas state trooper reported finding two intact marijuana cigarettes in his truck as well as five partially smoked joints, according to the news outlet.

did drugged driving cause Texas bus crash?

Witnesses told police in Uvalde, west of San Antonio, the truck was swerving before it hit a group of congregation members from First Baptist Church of New Braunfels who were returning from a three-day retreat.

A report from a Texas Department of Public Safety officer suggested the pickup driver’s driving before the crash pointed to “intoxication by reason of alcohol, a controlled substance, a dangerous drug or a combination.” He could also face manslaughter charges once his phone records are analyzed.

Distracted driving may also have been a factor leading to this fatal crash. The driver is reported to have told a witness he was distracted by his cellphone.

We hear a lot about drunk driving but drugged driving is also a menace on the roads of the United States. Police reportedly recovered 29 Zolpidem pills in a bottle, 30 Escitalopram pills and empty bottles of Clonazepam and Prazosin from the pickup. Clonazepam is a depressant which can mimic the effects of alcohol in the user.

Drugged Driving Is Becoming a More Serious Problem

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse as many as 10 million people drive under the influence of drugs in the United States.

After alcohol, marijuana is the drug most often found in the blood of drivers involved in crashes. As more states legalize marijuana, this problem may become more serious.

Although there are tests for detecting marijuana levels in drivers that gauge the level of delta-9- tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the role this drug plays in crashes is unclear.

THC can be found in body fluids for days or even weeks after marijuana is taken. The risk posed to drivers appears to be greater when marijuana is combined with other drugs like cocaine or alcohol.

Drugged driving is a serious menace on our roads. While there are strict tests for drunk driving, there are lots of uncertainties concerning the effects of drugs on drivers.

If you have been injured or lost a loved one because of drugged driving, drunk driving or distracted driving, please call our experienced Virginia car accident injury team at (757) 455-0077.

John Cooper

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John Cooper

John Cooper is a veteran of personal injury law practice in Virginia. A native Virginian, he was raised in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. He has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases and recently handled the largest auto accident settlement in 2010, according to VA Lawyers Weekly. The award provided $3.5 million to a child whose young father died when the vehicle he was a passenger in was rear-ended by a careless truck driver.

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Jim Hurley has been practicing law throughout Virginia for more than two-and-a-half decades. During his career, he has tried more than 100 jury trials — a staggering number — and handled hundreds more that were settled out of court. He is guided by the principle that the client is in charge of his or her case and should be kept fully aware of the litigation process. Jim has been awarded an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given, for his practice of law. He was named in Virginia Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015, 2016.

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Bill O’Mara started his legal career in 2008, moving back to his home town of Chesapeake, VA. He has practiced in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury and other litigation. He has gained extensive court room and trial experience, including contested trials before judges and juries across Hampton Roads. In 2014, Mr. O’Mara joined Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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