In recent years, many parts of the country have legalized marijuana for medical use or even recreational use, in some instances. As with any drug that is taken for medical reasons, there may be a number of side affects and the drug can affect people differently. Sometimes, a person may be more likely to cause a motor vehicle collision after using marijuana. In this post, we will look over some of the different risks related to medical marijuana use and driving.
Many people realize that alcohol is incredibly dangerous when it come to driving and drunk driving claims many lives each year. However, medical marijuana can also leave users very intoxicated and significantly impact their ability to drive safe. Moreover, some drivers may be impaired after consuming marijuana and they may not realize that their ability to drive safe has been adversely affected by using a very small amount of marijuana.
To make things more complicated, it can be difficult to prove that a driver was under the influence of marijuana at the time of the crash because it stays in the system of a user for so long. Accidents that have been caused by intoxicated driving have also left many people with devastating injuries that will permanently haunt them, leaving them unable to work and enjoy life to the fullest. As with drunk driving and any type of impaired driving, those who cause another person to suffer because they recklessly got behind the wheel while they were intoxicated must be held accountable.
If you or a loved one was injured in a car accident caused by a negligent driver under the influence, you should consult with an Irvine car accident lawyer to learn more about your legal options.