Safety authorities say auto accidents are the leading causes of deaths in the 16 to 19 age group. In California and elsewhere, it is not unusual for a significant percentage of people in the 16 to 25 age group to drive while impaired by marijuana. The same goes for passengers who get in the cars of drugged drivers and potentially become victims of auto accidents.

Impaired driving includes the use of alcohol, prescription drugs, over the counter medicines, illegal drugs and marijuana. In a 2017 national survey concerning drug use and driving 4.8 million respondents between 16 and 25 years of age admitted that they drive after using marijuana. Another survey revealed that over 43% of fatal car accident victims tested positive for one or more drugs.

Alcohol and drugs affect the abilities of all drivers. They compromise a driver’s perception, attention, coordination, balance and reaction times. Drugged or drunk driving puts passengers and other road users at risk.

Victims of auto accidents that were caused by drugged or drunk drivers may have questions about the steps to take to seek damage recovery. A consultation with an experienced California personal injury attorney can provide answers along with support and guidance throughout ensuing legal proceedings. A skilled lawyer can assist with establishing negligence and documenting losses for adjudication by the court. A successful presentation of a claim often leads to a monetary judgment to cover financial and other damages.