A recent deadly accident underscores the dangers of driving while under
the influence of marijuana. While many people believe that marijuana usage
is safer than alcohol, driving while impaired whether as the result of
drinking, drug use - including marijuana and prescription drugs - can
have devastating consequences.
In fact, pursuant to Vehicle Code 23152(f) drivers may face driving under
the influence of drug charges even when using legal drugs or medically
prescribed marijuana - the key is whether you are impaired. This is often
referred to as California's "DUI of drugs" or "DUID"
law. Drugs are considered any substance other than alcohol that may affect
your brain, muscles or nervous system.
In this instance, a 21-year-old man was arrested following a fatal crash
involving five-vehicles. Three people died, including two minors. Five
others were treated at nearby hospitals for serious personal injuries.
The driver was arrested on the suspicion of driving under the influence
of pot, and is facing potential charges for DUI and vehicular manslaughter.
Where a drunk driver or other impaired driver injures or kills an individual,
in addition to criminal charges, it may also be possible for the individual
or the surviving family members to bring a civil personal injury lawsuit
for damages, including medical expenses, lost wage and emotional distress.
For more information, please contact the experienced
San Francisco personal injury lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.