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Accident With A Driver Under The Influence Of Marijuana? What To Do

by Stacy Dean

More than half of the states in the U.S. legalize the use of marijuana in some form, including recreational and medicinal use. For drivers like yourself, you know all too well the effects this usage can have on safety as marijuana can have an impact on a driver's ability to operate a motor vehicle safely. If you've been victim to this type of incident, ensure you know what's ahead.

The Effects

It's important to note that a driver who is under the influence of marijuana may not act as erratically as someone who is under the influence of another drug or alcohol; however, it is important to not negate the fact that some effect can take place. While much of the research has been inconclusive, some experts have noted that using this drug can inhibit a person's peripheral vision.

Peripheral, or side, vision is critical when driving as it allows you to see what is to the direct side of you when looking straight ahead. Some also suggest that marijuana may impede the natural decision making process. In the event a driver needs to act fast, such as to swerve around a pedestrian or vehicle, if they are driving while high, they may not be able to act quickly enough.

Proving Fault May Be Challenging

While the use of this drug is legal in some states, it is illegal to drive under the influence of marijuana in all states. This statute is in part the due to the fact that the drug can impact different people differently, even at different times. Even though usage is illegal, it is not always standard in each state for a driver to be tested for use of this drug after an accident.

Since the outward effects of this drug may be minimal for some people, proving that the drug was to blame can be a bit of uphill battle for accident victims, but not impossible. A clearly marked case of impairment, admission by the driver or an eyewitness account can all help in this instance.

Take Action

If you've been involved in an accident where the driver was deemed to be under the influence or there is a validated suspicion, taking action right away is critical. By speaking with an attorney early on, you can preserve as much evidence, give a more accurate account of the accident and possibly have the driver tested for the drug since it can be detected for several weeks, depending on the type of test administered, setting your case in motion.

Your swift action can help you prove that the driver was under the influence and their negligence. Whether you've suffered injuries or just damage to your vehicle, your actions can get you the compensation you need and deserve.  Visit a site like for more help.