What do you need to know about doing Cannabis and drugged driving?
For years we have have heard about the dangers of drunk driving, but alcohol is not the only substance drivers sometimes use before getting behind the wheel. On Oct. 17, 2018 Marijuana (cannabis) becomes legal in Canada – the major problem is that driving while impaired by drugs has strict consequences and can have a catastrophic effect on the lives of many. Even once legal, it is important to understand operating a motor vehicle, boat or piece of heavy machinery while high has legal consequences, along with putting your own life, and the lives of others at risk.
Those who drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol put the lives of other motorists, passengers, and pedestrians in danger. If you have been injured in a car accident caused by a driver under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you may be entitled to financial compensation. As leading Hamilton personal injury lawyers, we closely follow legal developments in relation to drugged driving to assist our clients who were injured in an accident involving impaired drivers, by marijuana, alcohol or other drugs. If you have been injured in an accident and suspect the driver was under the influence of marijuana, other drugs, alcohol or a combination thereof, it’s vital you call the experienced team at Lalande & Company Injury and Disability Lawyers for more information.
Marijuana and Drugged Driving
Cannabis is one of the most common drugs in Canada. The active ingredient in marijuana is tetrahydrocannabinol, otherwise known as THC. Using Marijuana can: decrease concentration, increase sleepiness, decreased ability to appropriately react, and impair the ability to have accurate spatial awareness. It also affects motor control, vision and balance. These side effects can make it dangerous to drive. Combine marijuana with other drugs, medication or alcohol and the side effects can be even more severe. Those involved in law enforcement, the medical industry and personal injury law all agree marijuana affects driving ability and increases the risk of collision. This is not just hearsay, it is scientifically proven.
In a French study, it was reported drivers under the influence of marijuana were twice as likely to be responsible for a serious accident than a sober driver. Researchers in Norway had similar results, noting driving while high from marijuana increases a crash risk by 30 per cent.
An article published in BC Medical Journal, Driving stoned: Marijuana legalization and drug impaired driving, cannabis is the most frequently detected drug detected in drivers after a motor vehicle accident. Even producers of cannabis have spoken out about the dangers of driving while under the influence of marijuana. Terry Booth, the CEO of Aurora Cannabis, has said “We strongly advise against operating motorized vehicles while under the influence of cannabis, given its potential to affect response time and the ability to make proper judgement calls while on the road.” Canada passed Bill C-46 which updates intoxicated driving laws to update roadside tests and includes the parameters for what constitutes intoxication from marijuana: 5 nanograms per millilitre of blood.
Were You Injured in a Drugged-Driving Motor Vehicle Accident?
Drug impaired driving, as well as drunk driving, is very dangerous not only for the driver but also for the eventual victims of a car accident. Personal injury law, as it relates to drugged driving, is not as well developed as it is for intoxication while driving. With the legalization of marijuana in Canada, you can expect this area of law to develop rapidly. If you were injured, or lost a loved one, and suspect the driver was high, it is extremely important you have the best, most experienced, representation on your side.
Intoxicated driving, whether due to drugs or alcohol, is dangerous driving and puts lives at risk. It is irresponsible and against the law. While Canada has imposed legal consequences for intoxicated driving, including drugs, a personal injury lawsuit protects you and your family financially while you get the medical attention and recovery you need.
Motor vehicle accidents are stressful and can severely impact your day-to-day life and leave you unable to work. Your recovery can be compounded by the financial strain put on your life. If you were injured in a motor vehicle accident, we can help.
Lalande Personal Injury Lawyers are experienced at fighting for our clients so they get the help they need during this difficult time and are protected for their future. Call us for a no-obligation consultation, and remember, you don’t pay us until your case is complete. We work hard to ensure you get the settlement you are entitled to.
Our Hamilton Accident Lawyers Can Help – Take Action now.
When you call our Hamilton Lawyers after suffering injuries in a drugged driving accident, we will investigate the accident and any contributing factors, including anyone involved, or bars where the negligent driver may have consumed alcohol or drugs prior to causing the accident. We will fight to get you damages for your accident-related expenses. Matt Lalande has over 15 years representing victims of negligence and has recovered millions of dollars in compensation for his clients. He works tirelessly to ensure his clients get the help they need, at the time they need it most. As such, consultations are free and we never ask for upfront fees. If you are a victim of a distracted driving accident, it is important you call us right away so we can help. Get in touch at 905-333-8888 or fill in a contact form today.