Impaired driving is a big issue in the state of New York. When someone is said to have been driving under the influence, most people automatically contribute such an action to alcohol use. However, there are quite a few other substances out there that can affect a driver's ability to operate his or her vehicle safely -- such as marijuana.
More states are legalizing marijuana, which has increased the number of drivers police have found operating vehicles while under the influence of THC -- the main active ingredient in the drug. Of course, many police officers have yet to be trained on how to identify a person who is high on marijuana. Right now, a blood test is necessary to prove an individual is driving while THC impaired.
As it currently stands, New York has not yet legalized marijuana. Many lawmakers are still pushing for legalization, some believing it is inevitable. Legal or not, there are those who use it anyway and choose to drive after doing so. In fact, roughly 15 million people across the country in the last month are believed to have driven shortly after using the drug, and not all of them were likely in states where marijuana has been legalized. The vast majority of these individuals believe that they will not get caught.
Impaired driving, in any of its forms, is considered negligent driving. As such, when driving under the influence of THC contributes to an accident, the impaired driver may be held responsible for the victim's losses. An experienced attorney can assist those who have been injured or lost loved ones due to the actions of intoxicated drivers in seeking relief by filing the appropriate legal claims in a New York civil court.