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How Dangerous is Drugged Driving?

The New York Court of Appeals recently ruled in favor of reinstating a bus driver’s medical malpractice suit against the South Nassau Communities Hospital and its staff who gave a woman an intravenous opioid narcotic just before she got behind the wheel of a car. The woman crossed over a double-yellow line and crashed into a bus, injuring the plaintiff. The bus driver contends in his lawsuit that the crash could have been avoided if the doctors and physician’s aides had properly warned the woman of the dangers of drugged driving. The Court of Appeals was divided 4-2 in its decision. Four ruled that medical providers have an obligation to warn their patients of potential dangers involved in taking any prescription drugs, and the other two that were against reinstating the lawsuit argued that the burden is wholly on the patient. Dangers of Drugged Driving According to the Institute for…
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Driver Who Killed Teen Accused of Drugged Driving

Recently, a Vineland man was charged with vehicular homicide and three counts of assault by auto in connection to his alleged role in a car accident that killed a Hamilton Township teen in 2014. According to the Press of Atlantic City, a grand jury indicted Nicholas Garreffi, 40, for the death of a 14-year-old Mainland Regional High School student in August 2014. Investigators say that Garreffi was under the influence of narcotics when he drove an SUV across the centerline of Route 40, striking a car driven by a friend of the victim, who was returning home from a charity soccer event. The victim died a few days after the accident. It is unclear which narcotics were found in Garreffi’s system. The newspaper reported that the vehicular homicide charge carries a potential sentence of five to 10 years in state prison. The Dangers of Drugged Driving This accident displays the…
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