Were You Hit by a Stoned Driver?
Ten states and Washington, D.C. have legalized the possession and use of recreational marijuana. 33 additional states permit the use of medical marijuana with proper authorization from a physician. With legal weed for sale in many states, more and more people are purchasing marijuana and perhaps even traveling with it to other states.
While the legalization of marijuana has not necessarily increased the number of reported stoned drivers, there is still always a chance that a driver is under the influence of marijuana. Stoned drivers experience many of the same impairments as drunk drivers, including delayed response time, inattention, and poorer judgment. Stoned drivers can easily cause serious accidents and injuries.
Whether the use of marijuana is legal in a state or not, driving under the influence of marijuana is certainly against the law. If a stoned driver hits you and you sustain injuries, that driver should be completely liable for all of your losses, including:
- Medical bills
- Lost income
- Future losses
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent injuries
It is important to call 911 after an accident for multiple reasons. First, the EMTs can identify whether you need emergency transportation. In addition, the police can report to the scene of the accident and help identify whether the other driver violated the law. They may arrest the driver for stoned driving, and a criminal conviction can help you get the compensation you deserve. However, it is necessary to file an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit to recover financially.
Consult with a Personal Injury Lawyer in Boca Raton for Free Today
At the law firm of Glotzer & Kobren, our Boca Raton personal injury attorneys represent clients injured in auto accidents. We will protect your rights under the law and work to hold negligent parties liable for your losses. Call 561.361.8677 or contact us online for a free case evaluation.