Driving While High Leads to Car Accidents in California

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Drugged Driving (Including Marijuana) Car Accident Attorneys in California

There are drunk drivers and there are high drivers

When we hear “DUI,” we think “driving under the influence of alcohol.” However, you can also get a DUI if you are under the influence of drugs or prescription medications. Certain prescription medications, like what might be prescribed to treat pain, can cause you to react slower than you normally would. Prescription drugs that inhibit your ability to respond come with warnings on the pill bottle telling you not to drive while taking these medications. Street drugs (heroin, meth, etc.) also impair your reaction time and may have other physical and psychological effects on your body that will prevent you from operating a vehicle safely. Moral of the story: Street drugs and certain prescription medications are just as dangerous as alcohol to consume before driving.

High drivers are everywhere

In recent years, California has seen an increase in the rate of illegal drug use. More often than not, drivers who are being arrested for driving under the influence of drugs are high on meth or heroin. We are lucky when these arrests are made before an accident happens. However, it is not uncommon for drivers under the influence of illegal drugs to cause an accident and injure someone else in the process.

Driving while high is a crime in California

California has criminalized driving while under the influence of drugs. This includes controlled substances, marijuana, and certain prescription medications. Our legislature has recognized that people who drive while high are just as dangerous as drunk drivers. Serious steps have been taken to prevent accidents caused by drivers under the influence of drugs. If someone is high, gets behind the wheel of a car and subsequently crashes into you, they will likely be charged criminally. A criminal charge could potentially have an impact on any civil case that you might file against the driver. It is always a good idea to check with the District Attorney’s Office in the county where the accident occurred to see if they have filed charges against the other driver. If they have, let your personal injury attorney know immediately. Of course, if you’ve engaged The May Firm to represent your drugged driving accident claim, we’ll look into this on your behalf.

Every DUI accident in California requires you to prove who the at-fault party was in your accident

Even if the at-fault driver was driving while under the influence, you still need to show that he or she was the sole cause of the accident. Although simply driving while high is enough for a criminal charge, a civil suit will usually require you to show that the accident was caused because the other driver was high. Driving while under the influence of drugs is negligent, but you also need to show that the negligence actually caused the accident. For example, you can’t cross over the center dividing line, strike a car driven by a high driver, then blame the high driver for the accident.

Proving fault on the part of a high driver can range from being extremely easy to relatively difficult, depending on the specific facts and circumstances of your case. The personal injury lawyers at The May Firm know how to analyze the facts of a case and determine how the at-fault driver’s use of drugs played into the accident.

Why The May Firm?

Unfortunately, The May Firm has seen an increase in clients who have been seriously injured in a car accident caused by a driver who was under the influence of drugs. Our attorneys have successfully litigated numerous cases involving drivers who caused accidents due to being under the influence of marijuana, prescription medications, and even street drugs. We know all too well how serious these types of accidents can be. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident caused by a driver under the influence of drugs, call The May Firm today. Our team of highly experienced attorneys will fight your case with the fervor it deserves.

Disclaimer: Information on this page is designed for general information purposes only and should not be interpreted as being legal advice or a legal opinion on specific facts or circumstances. You should always consult with an attorney before making a decision about your case. Pages are updated periodically but information provided on this page may not be up to date as circumstances may change over time. Please see our LEGAL DISCLAIMERS page for additional legal disclaimers.

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