While alcohol is the most common type of substance that is a contributing factor in a car crash, marijuana use is also a common factor. If you are injured and the other driver was under the influence of marijuana, you will want to use this when trying to prove that the other driver was at fault for the accident.
Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana Isn't Safe
When you drive under the influence of marijuana, you have worse cognitive function, and you will have a more difficult time making quick judgments and reacting to sudden emergencies. Those who mix both alcohol and marijuana heighten the risks associated with both drugs.
While driving is a routine task, it is actually very complicated and any actions that might impair judgment can lead to an increased risk of accidents. Even moderately using marijuana can impair judgment. However, the driver is not likely to admit being under the influence of marijuana and you will want to contact the police as soon as possible if you suspect that the driver is under the influence of marijuana.
The Role of the Police Officer
When the other driver is suspected of being under the influence of marijuana, the police officer can administer a field sobriety test. Afterward, the police officer might be able to place the other driver under arrest or at the very least perform additional tests.
One of the challenges of detecting marijuana is that the marijuana test might not be carried out immediately and there may be no traces left of the drug. However, it's still worth trying to detect traces of marijuana because this might play a role in your case.
The Importance of Negligence
To be able to receive compensation for your injuries after an accident, you will need to prove that the other driver was negligent. This is easier to accomplish when you are able to prove that the driver was under the influence of marijuana.
Even if you aren't able to definitively prove that the driver was ingesting marijuana, you'll be able to point to the driver's negligent behavior as evidence that they were likely under the influence of marijuana. For example, witnesses might testify to the driver's slow reaction time.
Once you are able to prove that the driver was negligent, you will be able to file a car accident claim against their insurance provider to receive compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Contact a local car accident lawyer to learn more.