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Drugged Driving Accidents

Legal Assistance for People Seriously Injured in Washington Drugged Driving Accidents

If you or a loved has been seriously injured or disabled in a Washington car accident and the other driver was under the influence of marijuana (pot) or drugs, either legal or illegal, you may be seeking answers to your legal questions.

Washington Drugged Driving Accident Lawyer

drugged driving accident lawyer The national emphasis has been to stop drunk driving but drugged driving presents dangers to pedestrians, bicyclists and other drivers on Washington roads. Prescription (legal) and illegal drugs can affect a driver's ability to drive safely. Prescription and over-the-counter medications can impair a driver's ability the same as illegal drugs do.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 3,952 of all drivers killed in car accidents in 2009 were positive for drugs.  Every year, up to 1,000 injuries and deaths in Washington are caused by drug-related car accidents.

Washington state is one of the first states in the nation to legalize marijuana for "recreational use." Many pot smokers believe that driving while high does not affect them but marijuana, especially in combination with alcohol and other drugs, affects a driver and the driver can be found guilty of a DUI offense.

Washington State Drugged Driving Laws

Washington state has three laws that apply to driving while under the influence of drugs, legal or illegal:   

  1. Section 46.61.502
  2. Section 46.61.504
  3. Section 46.61.5249

A defendant can be convicted if the person was driving under the influence or was driving in a negligent manager or the driver exhibited the effects of having consumed a controlled substance, prescription drug or over-the-counter medication. 

When obtaining a driver's license in Washington state, drivers imply consent to be tested for drugs  and the person arrested for DUI or DUID  may be compelled to submit to a blood draw after an accident in which another was seriously injured. The results of this blood test may be crucial in proving negligence.

Compensation for Washington Drugged Driving Accident Victims  

Whenever a person gets behind the wheel and chooses to drive while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, whether the drugs are legal or not, they can be held accountable by law for any accident they cause. A person who is injured can seek financial compensation for their losses.

Herbert Farber, a drugged driving attorney in Bellevue, Washington, is dedicated to helping victims in Washington who have suffered losses because of someone driving under the influence of drugs. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured by a drug impaired driver, or you have lost a loved one in a car accident caused by a drug-impaired driver, you have a right to compensation for your losses.

The Farber Law Group has more than 30 years of experience representing car accident victims and their families. Our clients are from Western Washington including Seattle, Bellevue, Tacoma, Renton and Lynnwood and throughout the state. If you've been injured, Herbert Farber is on your side.

Contact The Farber Law Group at (800) 244-9087 or to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation. Our Bellevue office is here to assist you.

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