Everyone seems to realize the danger posed by drunk drivers in Vegas. The group Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) was founded precisely to raise public awareness of the dangers of drunk driving.
However, public attitudes toward marijuana are much more relaxed. For one thing, marijuana has been illegal in this state for a very long time and was only recently legalized for medicinal and recreational use. Many people have probably never even thought of the dangers marijuana poses to pedestrians and motorists. For another, people often equate marijuana with cigarettes and not alcohol, but marijuana’s effects are much closer to those of alcohol than tobacco.
With marijuana use set to become much more widespread in Las Vegas, we will likely see many more marijuana DUIs. Nevada law makes it illegal to operate a motor vehicle in public while impaired by marijuana and other chemical substances, and impaired drivers cause considerable damage each year.
If you were injured in a collision with a driver who had recently smoked marijuana, you should hire experienced legal counsel. The team at Ladah Law will help you build a case for compensation so that you are not shouldering the full financial costs of the accident alone.
Driving while impaired is a crime, but it can also be a civil wrong when an impaired driver slams into a pedestrian or motorist, causing injury. The civil courts exist so that injured people can get compensation to cover the losses created by another person’s negligent or reckless conduct. This is called making a victim “whole” and the logic behind it is easy enough to understand: if you weren’t to blame for an accident, you shouldn’t be financially disadvantaged.
Let’s look at the typical drunk driving accident. Someone with a blood alcohol content of over 0.08 ends up drifting into the other lane and slams head-on with another motorist. The innocent victim ends up losing a lot of money:
Fortunately, this motorist can go into court and bring a civil suit for compensation or negotiate a settlement with the other driver’s insurer. She isn’t to blame, so she shouldn’t have to shoulder $40,000 in financial losses.
This same process is available if a person is injured in a marijuana DUI accident. Every driver owes other motorists and pedestrians a duty to drive their vehicles with sufficient care. Getting behind the wheel while high on pot is a breach of that duty, so victims can seek compensation by making a claim on the driver’s insurance or suing in court.
It is often difficult to show that a motorist was under the influence of marijuana at the time of the collision. As seasoned Las Vegas marijuana DUI accident lawyers, we often look for the following:
Unfortunately, there are no “breathalyzers” that can detect marijuana in a person’s breath in the same way they can detect alcohol (though these breathalyzers might be coming to the market soon). Blood or urine tests can show the presence of THC, which is a psychoactive chemical in marijuana. However, the police don’t always give these tests when they arrest someone.
Helpfully, it isn’t always vital that we show the driver was impaired by marijuana. Under the law of negligence, a person must use reasonable care when driving, and there are many ways to breach that duty. Someone who is asleep at the wheel or just plain careless has been negligent, also. Under the facts of your case, we might be able to argue that the driver was negligent even if we can’t prove he or she had marijuana in their system.
With recreational marijuana only recently legalized in Las Vegas, there are many misconceptions about the public’s rights when injured in a marijuana DUI accident. At Ladah Law, we believe in empowering the public by providing accurate, timely information.
To that end, we take a close look at some of the biggest misconceptions about marijuana DUI accidents:
After being injured in an accident, many people are confused about their legal rights. Let us help. The team at Ladah Law Firm has obtained favorable settlements for countless clients. You can count on our experience to cut through the legalese and red tape to fight for compensation for your injuries.
Speak to us today by calling 702-252-0055 and scheduling a free initial consultation. There is no risk and no fee charged.
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