A multi-vehicle wreck happened outside Planet Fitness on Monday, November 8th, in Corpus Christi. Many of the victims suffered minor to severe injuries, while others are fighting for their lives.
The Parking Lot Crash
On Monday, November 8th, at around 2:30 p.m., Corpus Christi police officers responded to a multi-vehicle crash. The crash happened near Airline Road and South Padre Island Drive.
The Senior Officer at the scene stated that a white pickup truck was traveling at a high rate of speed when it clipped two other vehicles and landed in the Planet Fitness parking lot. The truck raced 75 yards through the parking lot, started flipping, and struck several other vehicles.
A mother and her young son suffered minor injuries. A man in a brown pickup truck and two men in a white truck were seriously injured, and two other victims are fighting to stay alive.
Police believe that the driver who caused the crash was on drugs and speeding at the time of the crash. The driver is being treated for injuries and faces three counts of intoxication assault.
The investigation of the crash is still ongoing.
How Drugs Can Affect A Person’s Driving
Driving while under the effects of drugs, whether prescribed, over-the-counter, legal, or illegal, can affect your driving abilities. If you cause an accident while taking a drug, it will be considered a DUI (Driving Under the Influence). While it is recommended that you avoid driving when taking these drugs, it may help to see the impact these drugs can have on your driving:
- Prescription Medication — Before taking your prescription medication, read the warning labels on the bottle or ask your pharmacist. Some medications advise against operating heavy machinery or driving. If your medication starts to make you dizzy, drowsy, light-headed, aggressive, nauseous, or shaky, then avoid driving and speak to your pharmacist.
- Depressants — Depressants consist of drugs such as alcohol, benzodiazepines, and opioid drugs (heroin, cannabis, and oxycodone). These drugs can slow down the central nervous system. If a high dose is taken, it can lead to lowered focus, reduced reaction times, drowsiness, and problems processing information.
- Stimulants — Cocaine and amphetamine are drugs that speed up your central nervous system. Mixing stimulants can lead to aggressive and dangerous driving, increased risk-taking behavior, over-confidence in driving skills, and a tendency to fidget.
- Psychedelics— Psychedelics like LSD, magic mushrooms, and mescaline can distort your reality. After taking these drugs, you may hear things that aren’t there or experience a distorted reality. If you combine two or more psychedelic drugs, it can lead to blurred vision, hallucination, and reduced coordination.
Each drug comes with its own side effects, but those side effects can get worse if the drugs are mixed. Just like drinking and driving, taking drugs and driving can lead to severe crashes and fatalities.
For the safety of yourself and others, don’t get behind the wheel if you are choosing to take drugs.
If you’ve been injured in a crash due to someone driving under the influence of drugs, then you deserve compensation for the damages. An experienced Houston car accident attorney can hold the at-fault party responsible and get you the compensation you deserve.
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