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Marijuana-related crashes in Colorado

Common sense tells us that marijuana use may have an effect on an individual's ability to safety operate a motor vehicle. Certainly, many factors can affect the degree to which a driver is impaired - and marijuana use is one of them. Although data is limited on the actual percentage of car accidents that involve a high driver, we can assume that marijuana use plays a factor in some traffic accidents.

According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, there were 103 traffic-related fatalities that involved a drugged driver in 2013. Out of 288 drivers who were tested for drugs, 36 were found to have cannabis only in their systems. Conversely, 89 of the drivers tested positive for having any drug in their system.

While alcohol-related crashes are more common, we should not ignore the dangers of drugged driving.

Are high drivers prosecuted in Colorado?

While recreational marijuana use is legal in Colorado, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of marijuana. Drivers can be charged with driving under the influence (DUI) of marijuana - just like they can be charged with DUI involving alcohol.

Individuals who were driving high and caused a traffic accident can be held responsible for any harm or injuries they cause. Attorney Cliff Enten holds those drivers responsible and helps victims seek compensation to cover all of the myriad expenses related to the accident, from medical bills to lost wages and everything in between.

Help for victims of drugged driving accidents

If you were injured in a car accident that was caused by a driver who was high or drunk you should talk to a personal injury lawyer. To schedule your free consultation please complete our online contact form or call 303-952-0703.

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