CBD, a form of cannabis that has less than 0.3 percent THC, the substance in cannabis associated with marijuana’s “high,” is increasingly becoming popular. Many people consume CBD products, swearing on these products’ ability to alleviate everything from stress, anxiety, and insomnia, to pain. Despite these claims, the only treatment for which CBD has been medically approved is to treat epilepsy. Harvard Health Publishing notes that CBD has been found effective in reducing the number of seizures that epileptic patients had. This is the only condition for which the studies are robust, though some early studies indicate that CBD may be able to help insomnia patients sleep and other early studies indicate that CBD may be able to help people suffering from chronic pain.
CBD is legal for a variety of uses, and many people who use it swear by it. However, CBD can have some important side effects that could potentially impact a person’s driving. Harvard Health Publishing notes that CBD’s side effects include nausea, fatigue, and irritability. Fatigued driving can be incredibly dangerous. In fact, federal hours of service laws for truck drivers are designed to ensure that truck drivers don’t get behind the wheel while fatigued. At the end of the day, each person has to take personal responsibility for his or her actions and avoid getting behind the wheel while fatigued. If you or someone you love was hurt in a car accident and you suspect that the other driver might have been impaired due to using CBD or some other substance, you and your family might have the right to seek damages for your medical bills, rehabilitation expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. The Law Offices of Oscar Syger is a Pembroke Pines, Florida car accident law firm that may be able to help your family seek justice if you were hurt in a car accident.
CBD May Result in False Positive for THC
One of the issues with driving with CBD in your system is that if you are in a car accident and officers test you for drugs in your system, studies have indicated that CBD can sometimes result in a false positive test for THC. A person might be accused of smoking marijuana and driving even though they may have been using CBD. The New York Times recently reported on individuals facing serious consequences for testing positive for THC in their systems when they only had been using CBD. What does this mean if you were in a car accident and the other person was accused of driving while under the influence of marijuana? It means that there is a possibility that they may have been driving with CBD in their system. Does it make a difference? At the end of the day, if impaired driving is believed to be the cause of your accident, it doesn’t really matter what caused the impairment. Drivers can be impaired from taking anything from cough medicine to CBD to drinking and driving or using drugs. Drivers have a responsibility to get behind the wheel while alert and while not under the influence of drugs or other substances that can impair their driving. If you or someone you love was hurt in a car accident, the Law Offices of Oscar Syger is a car accident law firm that may be able to help you seek justice for your losses. Our car accident lawyers can review the circumstances surrounding your crash, identify negligent parties, and fight to help you seek the damages you might be entitled to receive under the law.
How A Car Accident Lawyer May Be Able to Help You
A car accident lawyer, like the attorney at the Law Offices of Oscar Syger can review the circumstances of your car accident, identify negligent parties, and help you seek damages for your losses. Our attorneys can also speak to insurance companies and may be able to negotiate with your insurer if you’ve been hurt in a crash. Your car insurance company has a responsibility to pay your claim in a timely manner, and the other driver’s insurance may be responsible for paying your claim. Reach out to the Law Offices of Oscar Syger, a car accident law firm in Pembroke Pines, Florida today to learn more about your options and rights under the law. There are many reasons why accidents occur. Fatigued driving and driving while under the influence of drugs are just a few of them. If you or someone you love was hurt in a crash, you may only have a limited amount of time to pursue a claim and to seek justice for your losses. The car accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Oscar Syger in Pembroke Pines, Florida may be able to help you.