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If you were in a Phoenix, AZ, accident and the at-fault party had been using marijuana, you may have the legal right to pursue a payout to cover your medical bills, car repairs, lost wages, and more. The Zanes Law team will evaluate your case for free. We will explain your rights and help you navigate the system, taking legal action on your behalf when necessary.
Call us today at our Phoenix office: (602) 999-9999. Our case reviews are always free, and we handle all personal injury cases on a contingency basis. You pay us no attorney’s fees unless we recover damages in your case.
Marijuana Use Can Cause Careless, Negligent Actions
USA Today’s azcentral reports that as of March 2019, more than 193,000 Arizonans held medical marijuana cards from the Department of Health Services. These cards make it legal to buy, carry, and use limited amounts of the drug — but not legal to drive while under the influence of it. This is important because driving while impaired by any drug can cause serious accidents, injuries, and even death.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, marijuana has a significant impact on several factors that could affect a person’s ability to drive safely. This includes:
- Motor coordination
- Reaction time
The agency also said marijuana was the drug most commonly used by drivers involved in property damage, injury, and fatal motor vehicle accidents.
If the driver who hit you was under the influence of marijuana at the time of the accident, the Zanes Law team will help you identify how this contributed to your accident and injuries, and pursue an auto liability insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit against them.
Zanes Law Will Fight for a Payout on Your Behalf
At Zanes Law, we do everything from A to Z. This includes helping our neighbors in Phoenix and Tucson recover after an accident caused by marijuana use. We will go to work for you immediately following your initial consultation with a member of our team.
We make the sign-up process easy, and you can even do it on the same phone call as your consultation. Alternatively, a Zanes Law injury lawyer for accidents caused by marijuana use in Phoenix, AZ will meet with you in your home or hospital room to sign up for our services.
Once we are on your case, we will investigate your accident, including the factors that contributed to it. This may include:
- Surveying the scene of the accident
- Obtaining any available video of the accident
- Looking at photographs from the accident scene
- Interviewing eyewitnesses
- Analyzing evidence
- Working with accident reconstruction specialists
- Documenting your accident-related expenses and losses
The accident report filed by the responding law enforcement officer may be of particular importance in these cases. Not only will it help us understand what illegal or careless action caused the accident, but it will indicate if the police officer believed the driver might be impaired. This is possible because Arizona police added checkboxes for “marijuana” and “med marijuana card presented” on these forms in 2017, according to the Phoenix New Times.
After we have the evidence we need to prove negligence and liability and support our claim for damages, we can proceed with the process of trying to recover the compensation you deserve. We may be able to help you obtain significant compensation for your damages by filing an insurance claim and negotiating a settlement or by taking your case to trial.
Call Zanes Law today at (602) 999-9999 to get started with your free case evaluation.
Recoverable Damages in a Phoenix Accident Caused by Marijuana Use
The damages available after a Phoenix accident can vary based on the severity of the accident, the type of injuries, and more. In general, some of the types of compensation you may be able to recover include:
- Medical treatment and related care costs
- Ongoing and future care costs related to your injuries
- Lost wages and diminished earning capacity
- Repair or replacement of your vehicle
- Rental car fees, as necessary
- Other property damages
- Out-of-pocket expenses related to the accident or your injuries
- Pain and suffering damages
- Wrongful death damages, if your loved one passed away from their accident injuries
Arizona Law Limits How Long You Have to Take Legal Action
Like other states, Arizona has a statute of limitations on personal injury lawsuits. Generally, you have two years from the date of the accident to take legal action against the person who caused it with their marijuana use under AZ § 12-542. There are other factors that could change this deadline, and we can explain them during your free consultation with a member of our team.
The sooner we learn about your case and go to work collecting evidence and proving liability, the better. Even if the police did not charge the driver with an impaired driving offense, we may be able to prove they caused the accident and are liable for your damages. Let us go to work on your case as early as possible. Reach out to us as soon as you can after your injuries.
Talk to an Injury Lawyer for Accidents Caused by Marijuana Use in Phoenix, AZ
At Zanes Law, your injury lawyer for accidents caused by marijuana use in Phoenix, AZ will go to work on your case today. We make it easy for you to schedule your free initial consultation and get started. Let us reduce the financial stress on your family and manage your insurance claim and possible lawsuit.
If you suffered injuries in an accident caused by a driver impaired by marijuana use, call us today at (602) 999-9999. Your case evaluation is free, and you will not pay any attorney’s fees unless we recover damages on your behalf.