Glendale Drugged Driving Accident Lawyers
Drivers hold a great deal of responsibility. Out-of-control cars can cause absolute disaster, and a car is only ever out of control if the driver is somehow impaired. There are few kinds of impairment worse than being drugged. That could be marijuana, it could be prescription medication. The type of drug doesn’t matter. All that matters is the destruction caused by the negligent driver, and the suffering of the victims.
If you have been injured by a drugged driver, then you have the right to compensation. Getting that compensation will require the help of a skilled and experienced attorney who is willing to fight for you. That is why you should call Aghabegian & Associates, PC, at (818) 507-4311 as soon as possible. When we take on a client, we don’t rest until they get the settlement they deserve.
Marijuana has been legal for recreational use in California for several years now. As such, smoking and consuming edibles has become relatively commonplace, similar to drinking alcohol. And just like with alcohol, intoxicated drivers pose a huge threat to those on the road with them. California is not unaware of that threat: to combat the dangers of drugged drivers, there are several laws in place.
The term “drug” in California can apply to any substance or combination of substances that impacts a person’s ability to make decisions. Even prescribed drugs could be illegal to use before driving if they impair a driver’s ability to be safe or responsible. That could include:
- Pain relievers
- Anti-seizure medications
- Anxiety medication
- Cold medicine
While all of these drugs are legal to use with a prescription, they could still leave a driver unable to operate a vehicle safely. That is why checking the labels of your medications is so important. Those that would be illegal to take before driving should say, “Do not operate heavy machinery.” If your medication has that label, then you may not get behind the wheel of a car.
Of course, as we have already mentioned, marijuana is also illegal to use before or while driving. There is no set limit to how much marijuana can legally be in a driver’s system, unlike with alcohol Instead, the most important factor is whether the drug is impacting the driver’s ability to operate his or her car. This is because marijuana, unlike alcohol, can stay in a person’s system for days, long after the effects of the drug have actually worn off. An officer must use judgment to determine if a driver is driving under the influence of marijuana and needs to be taken in.
Anyone caught driving while drugged, whether that is prescription medication or marijuana, will face DUI charges. Drugged driving and driving while drunk are treated as the same offense in California, meaning that the penalties will be the same no matter what substance the driver is on. Of course, a driver must be caught before being charged, which means that a drugged driver could have plenty of time to cause catastrophic damage.
Drugged drivers are just as dangerous as drunk drivers. Any substance that alters the mind at all, even if it just makes someone a little drowsy, could lead to a serious accident. Drivers must be alert at all times on the road to react to sudden changes in traffic. A drug could impact a driver’s ability to do just that. Drugs can limit a driver’s:
- Reaction time
- Cognitive ability
A drugged driver may not be able to stop in time before a collision, may get into the wrong lane completely, or collide headfirst with oncoming traffic. These negligent drivers are incredibly dangerous, and often cause severe, sometimes deadly, injuries. Victims of drugged drivers often suffer:
- Deep lacerations
- Severe burns
- Brain damage
- Broken bones
- Crush injuries
- Organ damage
- Internal bleeding
- Loss of limb or amputation
- Spinal cord injuries
- Nerve damage
If you have been involved in an accident with a drugged driver, chances are that you have been severely injured. While a drugged driver will likely be arrested and charged with a DUI, that does not mean you can’t also be compensated for the damages you suffered.
Even if the negligent driver is arrested, you can still file a civil claim and demand compensation. You should never settle for the negligent party simply serving time in the local jail. Even if he or she is punished, you still have to contend with mounting medical bills, lost wages from time away from work, and property damage done to your car. Thankfully, a personal injury claim can cover all of that. In fact, when you file a successful claim, you can expect to receive compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Loss of job opportunities
- Therapy costs
- Lost wages
- Property damage
- Emotional trauma
- Lowered quality of life
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment
However, that is only if your claim is successful. While you would think filing a claim against a drugged driver would be an open-and-shut case, the truth is that the at-fault driver’s insurance will try to fight you tooth and nail. Giving you money means they lose out on profits. That being said, you should not give up hope. A skilled lawyer may be able to get you the compensation that you truly deserve.
Being the victim of an auto collision, especially one caused by a drugged driver, can be incredibly traumatic. Even worse, it can leave you in a financial hole that you don’t know how to get out of. We at Aghabegian & Associates, PC, are here to lend a helping hand, however. When we take on a client, we fight for their right to proper and fair compensation. If you work with us, we will do the same for you. Call us at (818) 507-4311 to speak with a top Glendale car accident attorney today.
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