When a high driver slams into someone, they likely face criminal punishment. However, there is also a civil side to these cases. Injured motorists or pedestrians can sue the driver for negligence and receive compensation for their injuries.
Marijuana has well-known side effects that impair drivers. The chemicals in marijuana can induce sleepiness or slow reflexes. A person can also suffer from foggy thinking or impaired judgment after lighting up.
To prevail, you need to show the driver did not operate their vehicle carefully. Technically, you don’t have to prove they were high. But we can often introduce evidence of any chemical tests to bolster our argument that they were a danger to others on the road.
At base, the law of negligence forces careless people to suffer the financial fallout from their actions. This means you can seek compensation for medical bills and lost wages, as well as for pain and suffering. With a marijuana DUI, we might also seek punitive damages to punish the defendant.