CBD has grown in popularity across the country. While CBD is only approved for the treatment of epilepsy, many use it over the counter to help them manage a range of conditions from anxiety to insomnia. While CBD is found in marijuana, CBD is derived from the hemp plant and is distinct from THC, the substance in marijuana that causes a “high.” More research needs to be done to determine whether CBD can be used to treat a wider range of conditions, but according to Harvard Health, early studies indicate that CBD may be able to help patients manage pain. Many people swear by CBD, claiming it helps them manage pain, addiction, anxiety, insomnia, and other ailments. At the end of the day, more research needs to be done. The question remains—does it have side effects and can it pose a risk if people use it before driving? According to Harvard Health, CBD’s side effects appear minor. It can cause fatigue, nausea, and irritability in some people. And given that some people use it to treat sleeplessness, many find the fatigue side effects of CBD beneficial. But, taking any substance that can cause fatigue before driving can put others on the road at risk. If you have been hurt in a car accident and believe the other driver may have been fatigued or may have been intoxicated, you may have the right to seek damages for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and other losses. The Law Offices of Bruce S. Meth is a San Diego, California car accident law firm that may be able to help you with your case. Our car accident lawyers can review the details of your accident, determine the cause of your crash, hold negligent drivers accountable, and fight to help you get the settlement you may deserve under the law.
CBD and the Law
In 2018, the Agricultural Improvement Act loosened federal restrictions on hemp products containing less than 0.3 THC, according to USA Today. USA Today reports that as many as 7% of Americans are using CBD, and the popularity and curiosity surrounding it is growing. USA Today further reports that some states still heavily regulate CBD use, but in California CBD sale and consumption laws are quite relaxed because marijuana is legal. CBD doesn’t contain the active ingredient that causes a high like marijuana. That doesn’t mean that individuals should take CBD and get behind the wheel. Fatigue, a side effect of CBD, can affect your ability to drive. Furthermore, when purchasing CBD at a dispensary, it is important to carefully read the label. Some CBD products may contain THC and some may not. If you don’t read the label, you might be getting more THC than you bargained for. Individuals should be cautious when using any medication or drug even an over the counter medication or drug that is widely available. If you are fatigued after taking CBD, you probably should not get behind the wheel.
Driving while impaired can put you at increased risk of crashes, and if your impaired driving causes a crash, you could be held legally responsible for damages you cause. People can be impaired for many reasons. Driving without adequate sleep, texting and driving, drinking and driving, and driving after taking medication that impacts your alertness can put you at risk of a crash. Victims who have been hurt in car accidents who suspect that the other driver might have been fatigued or otherwise unable to drive, should consider speaking to a personal injury law firm in San Diego, California, like the Law Offices of Bruce S. Meth. Our attorneys can review your case, help you seek damages for your losses, and fight to hold negligent parties accountable. If you’ve been in a crash and suspect the other driver might have been impaired, your first step should be to call the police. Seek medical assistance for your injuries, and let your insurance company know you’ve been in an accident. A car accident lawyer like the Law Offices of Bruce S. Meth in San Diego, California can follow up with you to help you get the settlement you may deserve from negligent parties and from insurance companies.
How a Car Accident Lawyer Can Help You
In the aftermath of a car accident, you may have many questions about your rights under the law. The Law Offices of Bruce S. Meth is a car accident attorney that can estimate the value of your claim, identify negligent parties, and negotiate with insurance adjusters to help you get the settlement you may deserve under the law. Have questions? Reach out to the Law Offices of Bruce S. Meth today or connect with our car accident attorneys though USAttorneys.com.