It was one of the biggest national news stories of last year — our state legalized the use of marijuana for recreational purposes. Whether you agree or disagree with the move is entirely up to you, but as injury lawyers in Colorado Springs we want you understand that there are still restrictions. The one we’re most concerned with is that, just like alcohol, pot users are still not allowed to be under the influence of the substance when operating a vehicle. That is still illegal, and it’s still negligent.
It’s also incredibly dangerous, as illustrated by a Colorado Springs wreck that occurred just last week. Two patrol cars, red and blue lights flashing, were blocking one lane of traffic on Interstate 76 as they responded to an accident. The officers probably weren’t expecting to be involved in an accident themselves, but a man driving toward them in a pickup wasn’t paying attention. He slammed into the back of one of the police cruisers with enough force to push it into the back of the other patrol car.
Fortunately, no one was killed or hurt in the violent accident. Upon investigation it was found that the driver of the pickup was under the influence of drugs and has been charged accordingly. With new laws, especially as unprecedented as recent legislation in Colorado, there’s always an adjustment period. But that never excuses driving negligently or impaired.
Do You Need a Colorado Springs Injury Lawyer?
You have the right to be safe when you drive on our state’s highways, and if you’re injured by someone else’s negligence, you have the right to seek financial compensation. Heuser & Heuser is there to help you every step of the way, putting our many years as Colorado Springs injury attorneys on your side as we fight to recover the true cost of your injuries.
If you’ve been hurt in a Colorado Springs accident, contact us. We offer free case reviews to injury accident victims and can get started on your claim right away!
Source. KKTV.com, ‘http://www.kktv.com/home/headlines/State-Patrol-DUI-Driver-Hit-Patrol-Vehicle-239820911.html,’ January 12, 2014.