New York’s Fight Against Marijuana-Impaired Driving

Lever & Ecker, PLLC August 7, 2023 Car Accidents

Since marijuana was legalized in the state of New York, the cases of marijuana-impaired driving have increased greatly. While the use of the drug may be legal, it is never legal or safe to drive while under the influence of marijuana, or any other mind-altering substance. If you were injured in an accident caused by a marijuana-impaired driver, one of our New York lawyers can pursue the compensation you deserve for your injuries.

At Lever & Ecker, PLLC, our personal injury lawyers have more than 65 years of combined experience providing legal counsel to victims as they seek justice after being harmed in an accident involving a marijuana-impaired driver. While issues with marijuana-impaired driving have increased, New York law enforcement has been taking steps to crack down on this issue to ensure the roads are as safe as possible. 

How New York Law Enforcement is Cracking Down on Marijuana-Impaired Driving

With the passage of a bill that legalized the use of marijuana in the state of New York, there has been an apparent increase in the experimental misuse and abuse of marijuana and THC products. Despite the fact that the use of this drug may be legalized under certain circumstances, it is illegal and highly dangerous to drive while impaired by any drug. Driving while impaired by marijuana can cause drivers to have decreased reaction time and be less alert behind the wheel, which can lead to serious accidents.

Now, in New York, if an individual is arrested for driving while under the influence of marijuana, he or she may face serious legal consequences, including:

  • Criminal prosecution, including possible imprisonment
  • Costly fines
  • License suspension or revocation
  • Significant legal fees

If you were harmed in an accident caused by a driver who was impaired by marijuana, you deserve justice for your injuries and losses. 

Can You Collect Damages If You Are Injured in an Accident Caused by a Marijuana-Impaired Driver?

After you are seriously injured in a car crash caused by a driver impaired by marijuana, you have the right to pursue justice by filing a personal injury claim. When you file a personal injury claim, you may be eligible to recover compensation for the losses you have suffered due to the liable party’s negligence. 

The damages you may be entitled to include:

  • Pain and suffering (past and future)
  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages (past and future)
  • Lost earning potential
  • Property damage

When you file a personal injury claim, the representative from the other driver’s insurance company may try to offer you the lowest possible compensation for your losses. However, when you work with a trusted car accident lawyer, they can utilize their experience to negotiate with the insurance company to ensure you are able to collect the best possible compensation for your case.

Consult a New York Car Accident Lawyer Today

The personal injury lawyers at Lever & Ecker, PLLC, are dedicated to securing the compensation our clients deserve after they are harmed in an accident caused by marijuana-impaired driving. Our lawyers have more than 65 years of combined experience working with victims of car accidents in New York and are prepared to go to trial if necessary.

To schedule a free consultation with one of our New York lawyers about your case, call (718) 933-3632 to reach our Bronx office or (914) 288-9191 for our White Plains office. You can also reach us by filling out our contact form.

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