New Laws for the Use of Recreational Drugs in California

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Starting on January 1st, 2018, recreational marijuana became legal in California. While it may seem that this changes the manner in which personal injury lawyers in Los Angeles will treat vehicle accidents caused by drug abuse from now it is still very important to note that using the recreational drug while driving or driving under the influence is still punishable by law. 

Criminal penalties for driving under the influence of marijuana

Although starting with 2018 it has become legal for individuals over the age of 21 to use recreational cannabis, there are still some limitations to the new law. Despite the fact that it is legal, individuals will not be able to use the recreational drug in any public places or in the workplace. The same applies to driving vehicles while smoking marijuana or driving after one has smoked cannabis.
Using marijuana in a moving vehicle, having it in an open bag and driving under the influence are still illegal actions and punishable under the California Vehicle Code. The criminal penalties, in this case, are the same that apply to drunk driving and the victim may find that his/her insurance coverage can also be affected or nulled because of these types of actions.
An individual involved in a vehicle accident who, at the time of the crash was under the influence of marijuana, will have a very had time to obtain compensations for non-economic damages like pain and suffering. Our team of Los Angeles personal injury lawyers can help you with more information about the criminal penalties and the punitive damages.

Compensations for victims of vehicle accidents caused by drug abuse

Victims who were injured in a vehicle accident caused by a driver who was under the influence of marijuana can claim compensations for economic and non-economic damages. 
If you have any questions about the laws applicable in case of vehicle accidents in California or the manner in which victims can obtain compensations, please do not hesitate to contact our Los Angeles personal injury lawyers.