Blood tests from the Arkansas Crime Laboratory led to an arrest of an Alma, Arkansas man involved in a fatal car accident. He was arrested on suspicion of negligent homicide, first-degree criminal mischief, and second-degree battery.
Blood samples were taken from the negligent driver. The test results showed that the driver of the vehicle had marijuana and Xanax in his system at the time of the accident.
Most people associate driving under the influence with alcohol. However, this accident is a vivid reminder that altering drugs can, and often do, lead to serious car and truck accidents. I recently handled a case where an elderly woman and her grandchildren were struck head-on by a car driven by a man that had taken narcotic prescription medication earlier in the day. The investigation showed that his intoxication at the time of the wreck led to his inattention and carelessness. Fortunately my client was not killed, but she was seriously injured and required an air lift to an Arkansas hospital. Although she was able to receive a monetary settlement, she will suffer a lifetime of pain, suffering, and disability. Please be careful and do not take medicine or other drugs that could alter your ability to drive. If you need to speak with an attorney regarding a car or truck accident, please contact the Pfeifer Law Firm today.