Orlando R. Murillo, P.A. is a car accident law firm in Miami, Florida that assists victims of all types of car accidents. If you or someone you love was hurt in a car accident in which the other driver was charged with being under the influence of marijuana, you and your family may be entitled to seek damages for your medical costs, rehabilitation costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Recreational marijuana is not legal in Florida. Despite this, there are still drivers who use marijuana who then choose to get behind the wheel, creating a potentially dangerous situation for themselves and others. According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately 12 million people admitted to driving while under the influence of marijuana in 2018 alone. Part of the difficulty of assessing the seriousness of the problem is that researchers are relying largely on self-reports. Unlike drunk driving, where there are breath and blood tests available to determine whether a person has been driving while under the influence, there are no reliable blood tests or other types of tests to determine if a driver has been driving while under the influence of marijuana. Blood tests can detect whether a person has THC (the active substance in marijuana) in their system, but these blood tests cannot determine whether a driver was intoxicated because THC can remain in a person’s system anywhere from days after using to as long as a month.
Despite these challenges, police officers, when they are called to the scene of a car accident, still have a range of tools available to them to determine whether a driver might have been smoking or using marijuana before a car accident. Police can look inside a driver’s vehicle to see if there is marijuana-related paraphernalia or marijuana present in the vehicle. Officers can look at a driver’s eyes, and perform roadside sobriety tests to determine if a driver might be under the influence. If there is sufficient evidence, the officer may be able to charge the driver with operating a vehicle while under the influence of marijuana. However, sometimes there is evidence, but a driver might not be charged for a variety of reasons. If the other driver in your car accident was charged with driving while under the influence of marijuana or if it is suspected that the driver might have been under the influence of marijuana, you and your family might have the right to seek damages for your losses. The car accident lawyers at Orlando R. Murillo, P.A., in Miami, Florida may be able to help you today.
How Marijuana Impacts the Mind and Body
While there isn’t much research on how marijuana use contributes to car accidents (largely because researchers would have to rely on self-reports from drivers), there is quite a bit of information on how marijuana use impacts the mind and body. These impacts can interfere with a driver’s ability to operate a motor vehicle safely. How does marijuana impact a driver’s mind and body, should he or she choose to use and drive? Here’s how:
- Impaired Judgement. THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, can impair your judgement. It changes the way you process information, and this can impact your ability to drive safely.
- Memory Problems. Marijuana can impact your ability to form new memories and can impact your memory.
- Slower Reaction Time. Marijuana can slow a person’s reaction time, something that is important when driving.
- Impaired Ability to Perceive Time. Marijuana can impair your ability to accurately perceive time.
- Lowered Inhibitions. The choice to get behind the wheel after smoking might not be the best one, but marijuana can lower an individual’s inhibitions, which can make it more likely that he or she might make choices he or she might regret.
These are just some of the impacts of marijuana use. If you or someone you love was injured in a car or truck accident because the other driver was using marijuana or under the influence, you may have certain rights. Orlando R. Murillo, P.A. is a car accident law firm in Miami, Florida that may be able to assist you.
Seek Justice and Compensation Today
You only have a limited amount of time to make a claim after suffering an injury in a car accident or truck accident. The compassionate and caring car accident lawyers at Orlando R. Murillo, P.A. in Miami, Florida may be able to assist you with your claim. We can investigate the causes of your accident, speak to witnesses, gather evidence, and fight to settle your claim. We only get paid if you win. Contact us, or reach out to USAttorneys.com to get connected with our car accident lawyers today.