As a Waukesha personal injury attorney, it is interesting to see the various ways people manage to allegedly cause accidents. A 25 year old West Bend man is in prison after allegedly injuring his friend in a car accident caused by synthetic marijuana. According to police, the two men were smoking this substance when they crashed into a semi truck and became lodged underneath it. They had bought the fake marijuana after leaving a court hearing for the passenger. The driver now faces three felony charges because he has three previous DUI/OWI convictions and a revoked license.
While many people associate intoxicated driving with alcohol, cases like this are reminders that people can be impaired without having a drop to drink. Wisconsin law allow for that possibility with the criminal charge of Operating While Intoxicated. Under this charge, a person can be convicted if their ability to drive a car appears to have been impaired by a controlled substance, including:
Because these and other substances have the ability to impair a driver just as much as alcohol, Wisconsin has made it a crime to drive while on any of these substances. If you have been injured by an impaired driver, our attorneys will examine whether any blood tests or field sobriety tests were administered at the scene. If the other driver can be shown to be impaired, it greatly bolsters your chance of recovery.
The personal injury attorneys at Cannon & Dunphy are well-versed in car accidents and know the signs of impairment. If it seems that the driver who caused your accident was under the influence, our attorneys will stop at nothing to prove it and get you the compensation you deserve. With years of experience handling car crash cases, we are here to help the injured.
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