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Many different substances can affect an individual’s ability to safely drive a car. Examples include alcohol, prescription sleep aids, and marijuana. If you have been injured in an accident caused by a driver under the influence of any substance, work with the Khan Law Firm to pursue a personal injury claim.
When an individual is under the influence of marijuana, he or she can experience the following effects that impact his or her ability to safely operate a vehicle:
Since recreational marijuana use became legal in Washington, the percentage of traffic fatalities involving marijuana doubled. In 2013, fatalities attributed to drivers who had recently consumed marijuana comprised eight percent of the total traffic fatalities in the state. In 2014, this figure was 17 percent.
There are many ways the effects described above can cause a driver to become a hazard to him- or herself and others on the roadway. A few examples of the types of accidents that drivers under the influence of marijuana can cause include the following:
Because legal marijuana is a fairly new concept in the United States, there are few laws in place designating a safe legal THC limit for drivers. There is also a considerable amount of controversy surrounding the laws that do exist, with some opponents stating that the limit is too low and others stating that marijuana influence cannot be measured like alcohol influence can be measured because of how the drug metabolizes and how it affects individual users.
In Washington, the legal THC limit for drivers is five nanograms per milliliter of THC.
A few examples of accidents involving marijuana include:
If you have suffered an injury in an accident caused by a driver under the influence of marijuana, our team of Seattle personal injury attorneys at the Khan Law Firm is equipped to pursue your claim to seek the money you deserve.
When you are suffering from an injury sustained in an accident with a driver who was under the influence of marijuana, your top priority should be your own health and recovery. Our team of experienced marijuana DUI accident lawyers can help you by handling the technical aspects of your case, such as negotiations with doctors and insurance providers and organizing your evidence to build a cohesive account of your case.
As the claimant, it is your job to take the following steps to give your case the best possible chance at resulting in a fair, adequate settlement:
As experienced marijuana DUI accident lawyers, our team at Khan Law Firm can draw upon our understanding of personal injury law to help you with your claim in the following ways:
Call our firm today to schedule your free initial consultation with our firm. We can answer any questions you have about the personal injury claim process. Do not wait to make the call to set up a consultation to discuss your marijuana DUI accident claim. Talking with us is free, and if you do decide to pursue a personal injury claim, we only get paid if you receive a settlement.