More and more states, including California, are legalizing the possession and use of recreational cannabis. Many cannabis products contain THC, which is a psychoactive component that makes users feel “high” or “stoned.” For this reason, marijuana can impair a person’s ability to drive, just like alcohol or other drugs.
As it becomes easier to purchase legal marijuana, there is the risk that more and more drivers are operating their vehicles while they are stoned. This is a criminal offense just like drunk driving because of the serious risks of accidents and injuries caused by stoned drivers.
Holding a Stoned Driver Liable
After a car accident, you and the other drivers involved should pull over to exchange information. If you notice that the driver may be under the influence of marijuana or another substance, you should call 911. Law enforcement officers will arrive and should examine whether any of the drivers violated the law, including whether they are intoxicated in any manner.
If police officers determine that a driver is stoned, they can place the driver under arrest. The driver will then likely face criminal charges and may be convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs. A conviction can help when you file a claim to recover for your injuries and losses.
In your injury claim, you will need to prove that the other driver was negligent. A conviction of violating a safety law is automatic proof of negligence in most situations. Even if the driver is not arrested, however, there are still many ways that the right attorney can work to prove liability for your accident and injuries.
Contact Our Auto Accident Lawyers in Campbell for Help Today
At the law firm of Schaar & Silva, LLP, our Campbell auto accident attorneys handle all types of injury cases, including those stemming from drunk or stoned drivers. Call 408.721.1111 or contact us online for a free case evaluation today.