Have You Been Injured by a Driver Who Was Under the Influence of Medical Marijuana?
In March 2019, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill that made smoking medical marijuana legal in the Sunshine State. Yet just because medical cannabis is legal, that’s not to say you won’t be penalized if you’re found to be driving while under the influence.
In October 2018, NBC News reported that states that have legalized marijuana have experienced a sharp rise in car crashes.
If you or someone you care for has been in a motorcycle accident or car accident with someone who was under the influence of pot, you’ll want to contact a personal injury attorney right away.
Drivers who are under the influence of marijuana can be charged with DUI
Getting into an accident with someone who is under the influence of marijuana is no different than getting into an accident who is under the influence of narcotics or alcohol. If you’ve been injured in this type of accident, you likely have medical expenses, car repair bills and if you’re injured, you may need to take time off from work.
Although it’s likely that the plaintiff’s insurance company will call you in hopes of working out a settlement, you should never, ever negotiate a settlement with an insurance company on your own. As we’ve stated in the past, the insurance company does not and will not have your best interests in mind.
Working with a Naples Florida law firm will help ensure that you get the level of compensation you deserve.
What to know about personal injury litigation
The first thing you should know about personal injury lawsuits is that not all Naples Florida law firms are alike. You’ll want to work with an attorney that dedicates a significant portion of their practice to personal injury law. This will help ensure you’ll get the best representation possible.
You should also know that while some firms require clients pay up front, others will take personal injury lawsuits on contingency. What this means, is that you won’t need to pay attorney’s fees unless the case is successful. If the case is lost in court, you won’t need to pay anything. This can be especially helpful for clients who are injured, unable to work and are struggling to pay their bills.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a car or motorcycle accident with a driver who was under the influence of medical marijuana, call the Law Office of Marc L. Shapiro to schedule a free consultation.