Car accidents under the influence of drugs
When we hear “DUI,” we think “driving under the influence of alcohol.” However, you can also get a DUI if you are under the influence of drugs or prescription drugs. Certain prescription medications, such as those prescribed to treat pain, can cause you to react more slowly than you normally would. Prescription medications that inhibit your responsiveness come with warnings on the pill bottle telling you not to drive while taking these medications. Illegal drugs (heroin, methamphetamine, etc.) also affect your reaction time and can have other physical and psychological effects on your body that will prevent you from operating a vehicle safely. Moral of the story: Illegal drugs and certain prescription drugs are just as dangerous as alcohol to consume before driving.
Driving under the influence of marijuana is a crime in Nevada
Nevada has criminalized driving under the influence of drugs. This includes controlled substances, marijuana, and certain prescription drugs. Our legislature has recognized that high-traffic drivers are just as dangerous as drunk drivers. Serious measures have been taken to prevent accidents caused by drivers under the influence of drugs. If someone is high up, gets behind the wheel of a car, and then crashes into you, you are likely to be charged with a criminal charge. A criminal charge could have an impact on any civil case you may file against the driver. If so, call a car accident attorney immediately.
Every DUI accident in Nevada is required to prove who was responsible for it.
Even if the at-fault driver was driving under the influence, you must still prove that he or she was the sole cause of the accident. Although simply driving tall is enough for a criminal charge, a civil lawsuit will generally require you to show that the accident was caused by the other driver being tall. Driving under the influence of drugs is negligent, but you must also show that the negligence actually caused the accident. For example, you cannot cross the center dividing line, hit a car driven by a tall driver, and then blame the tall driver for the accident.
Proving a fault by a driver under the influence can range from extremely easy to relatively difficult, depending on the specific facts and circumstances of your case. The personal injury attorneys at Toro Law know how to analyze the facts of a case and determine how drug use by the at-fault driver influenced the accident.
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