Colorado considering new drugged driving laws

Many cities and states have been hard during the most recent recession. They are operating with very tight budgets because additional funding is just not available. Finding new revenue streams without raising taxes has been a priority for many legislators and local politicians.

Colorado voters recently approved a measure that legalized the recreational use of marijuana. These changes will allow the state to tax the drug, bringing in crucial funds that can help the state meet its financial obligations. These new laws may help the state economically, but there are concerns over the potential increase of impaired drivers which could mean more motor vehicle accidents on area roadways.

Legislators have tried several times to pass a bill that would create a "legal limit" for those who are driving under the influence of marijuana, similar to those in place for alcohol. Each time, these proposals fail, because it is difficult to determine when some users may be impaired. Some users may build up a tolerance, and not show any signs of impairment, even if they were way over proposed limits.

Because use of the drug is now legal within the state, there have been additional proposals to create new laws dealing with drugged drivers. The new law would set the level of impairment at 5 nanograms of THC per milliliter. If a motorist was administered a blood test that showed he or she had THC levels above 5 nanograms, they could be charged with drugged driving.

Currently, the state relies on officer observation to determine if a driver is impaired. However, this may be too late to stop one of these drivers from causing a serious accident. If levels are put in place, it may allow the state to create more awareness of the potential dangers of driving while under the influence of marijuana.

Motorists injured in drunk or drugged driving accidents may be eligible to recover compensation. This compensation can cover items such as medical expenses, damage to property, as well as reimbursement for lost wages due to missed work. Punitive damages may also be available, to punish the other driver for placing others at risk because of the impaired driving.

If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, it is important that you understand the options that are available in your situation. Speak to an experienced personal injury attorney to learn more about your case. Because each accident is different, it will be necessary to carefully examine your crash to understand its cause.

Insurance companies may contact you very shortly after your accident in an effort to get you to agree to settle your case. Any settlements you make at this time can jeopardize your ability to obtain a complete recovery against the responsible parties. Before you sign anything, you need to know the true extent of your injuries and damages.