Drivers should never get behind the wheel of a car when they are impaired by drugs or alcohol. However, while it is widely known that drunk driving can be deadly, many drivers falsely assume that driving while high is not as dangerous. The truth is that driving while high presents similar dangers to driving while drunk and can just as easily cause a serious accident. If you have been injured in an accident involving a driver who was high, you may be eligible to seek compensation by filing a personal injury claim.
At the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, our personal injury lawyers understand that the days following a car accident involving a high driver can be stressful as you try to understand your legal options to pursue justice. To ensure that you get the fair compensation you are owed for your injuries, retain the help of our team of trusted New York lawyers to help you build a strong accident claim.
Is It Dangerous to Drive While High?
With the legalization of marijuana for recreational use in New York, the state has seen an unfortunate increase in accidents involving high drivers. This is likely due to the common misconception that driving while high is not as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol. Every time a driver gets behind the wheel of a car, they owe a duty of care to the other drivers sharing the road with them. When a driver is under the influence of drugs, they are unable to operate their vehicle in a reasonably safe manner.
While different drugs can have different effects on people, the truth is that just as with alcohol, driving while high impacts an individual’s ability to drive a vehicle safely. When a person consumes alcohol, they may experience slower reflexes and impaired coordination. Driving while high can similarly impact a driver’s reflexes and coordination. It can also affect a driver’s ability to pay attention and make smart decisions behind the wheel. If you were involved in a car accident with a high driver, you deserve justice for your losses. To get help pursuing justice, contact a New York personal injury lawyer to begin filing a claim today.
Can You Collect Damages After an Accident Involving a High Driver
After a driver causes an accident while driving high, they deserve to be held liable for their negligence. To hold the at-fault party liable, you must provide proof of their negligent actions. To do this, you will need to provide evidence that the liable party owed you a duty of care, breached the duty of care, the breach led to your accident and injury, and you suffered a loss as a result. Collecting this key evidence will help you hold the driver who hit you accountable and may result in your eligibility to collect the following damages for your personal injury claim:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
To get help building a strong personal injury claim after a car accident involving a high driver, reach out to a trusted lawyer as soon as possible.
Get Help From a New York Car Accident Lawyer After a Crash With a High Driver
At the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, our team of personal injury lawyers is dedicated to helping our clients secure the compensation they deserve after being injured in an accident where the driver who hit them was high. It is our goal to provide you with the support, guidance, and legal expertise necessary for your personal injury case to be strong.
To get help pursuing justice for your case, contact our New York firm today at 516-358-6900 or complete our contact form. You can also subscribe to our Cohen & Jaffe YouTube Channel to stay up to date on any laws that may impact your New York high driver accident case.
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