Albuquerque resident Michael Nwora was killed when another vehicle slammed into his car at a red light. According to KRQE, state police say they have reason to believe that the driver who allegedly caused the crash, Robert Bosanko, was under the influence of LSD.
Reports indicate that Bosanko fled the scene after the collision. Police say he was behaving strangely and made a number of incomprehensible statements when he was apprehended.
Recreational drugs are an underestimated risk factor on America’s roads. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, at least 9.9 million people drove under the influence of illicit drugs in 2013. Drugs other than alcohol – such as marijuana and cocaine – are involved in up to 18 percent of all car accident fatalities in the United States.
If you were hurt in crash with an impaired driver in New Mexico, contact the The Law Office of Brian K. Branch. With a combined 32 years in legal practice, our team has the knowledge, resources and litigation experience to guide you through the claims process.
Call 505-207-4401 to schedule a free initial consultation with a car wreck attorney in Albuquerque. You can also learn more about car accident injury lawsuits by visiting USAttorneys.com.
5 Ways to Prevent Someone from Driving under the Influence of Drugs
Most drivers in the United States understand that alcohol will affect their performance behind the wheel. The awareness campaigns of the last few years have contributed to a decline in alcohol-impaired driving. However, according to the American Automobile Association, there has been an increase in the number of drugged drivers.
Research from the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence shows that more than 16 percent of weekend, nighttime drivers tested positive for illegal, prescription or over-the-counter medications. Up to 11 percent of them tested positive for illegal drugs.
The best way to prevent drug-related accidents is to remain sober if you plan to drive. You should also make a concerted effort to stop loved ones from driving under the influence. Here are five tips to help you intervene:
- Before your friend takes drugs, make sure he or she does not plan to drive;
- Be polite yet firm. Drugs can alter a person’s mood and behavior, so be patient and assertive when convincing your friend not to drive;
- If necessary, take away the person’s keys;
- Suggest alternatives such as taking a taxi or rideshare service; and
- Get help. If you believe your friend might be addicted to narcotics, you can find a list of appropriate treatment options one the website of the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
Unfortunately, even the most responsible drivers are not immune to accidents. If you were hurt or lost a family member due to a drugged or drunk motorist in New Mexico, contact The Law Office of Brian K. Branch.
An Albuquerque injury lawyer will help you claim the maximum compensation for medical bills, lost ages and non-economic damages. Call 505-207-4401 to schedule a free initial consultation.