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Drugged driving a rising danger

Drivers in Georgia and anywhere else who drive while impaired may increase their risk of getting into an accident. The National Transportation Safety Board, or NTSB, is pushing for more consistent rules when it comes to testing drivers for drugs. The organization says that in 2006, 30 percent of drivers who were tested for drugs after dying in a vehicle crash tested positive for drugs. That number was 46 percent in 2015.

The NTSB believes that police officers need more tools to be able to test drivers who are under the influence of drugs. Furthermore, the agency says that law enforcement should be given additional training to better spot drivers who are impaired by drugs. To help combat the growing problem of drugged driving, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, has started airing advertisements warning of its dangers. It has also had discussions about the issue in major cities such as Baltimore and Seattle.

Current calls for action from the NTSB stem from an investigation into a 2017 accident. It involved a truck that collided with a church bus in Texas, and the investigation found that the driver had been swerving for several minutes before the accident. That person had been under the influence of marijuana and another medication when the collision occurred.

If an individual dies in a car crash, it may be possible for a victim's family to file a wrongful death suit. In a wrongful death case, a plaintiff might obtain damages on behalf of the deceased victim. A settlement or jury award may provide a financial award to help recoup lost wages or lost future earnings. Furthermore, a portion of the award might be used to help any minor children or others who were financially dependent on the deceased person.

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