On January 11th, 23-year-old Keith Kilbey crashed his car into two Colorado state troopers who were investigating a reported accident in the area. The two officers had parked their cars in the left lane on an exit ramp and were investigating a nearby accident when Kilbey smashed into their police cars. Luckily, the two officers were not in their vehicles at the time of the accident.
The state troopers suspected Kilbey of driving under the influence of marijuana and arrested him. Even though marijuana use has been legalized in the State of Colorado, driving under the influence is still against the law. A driver is considered to be under the influence of marijuana with 5 nanograms or more of active TBC per milliliter of blood.
Prior to legalizing marijuana, the Colorado Department of Transportation already reported an increase in drivers on the road who tested positive for marijuana. In 2007, for example, the number of suspected DUI drivers who tested positive for marijuana was 28%. By 2010, that number was 58%.
As Colorado begins its new journey into legalized marijuana, there may be more drivers on the road who are under the influence. When their negligence causes an accident, they can—and should be held liable.
If you or someone you love is injured in a Pueblo DUI car accident, it is important to speak to an experienced Pueblo car accident attorney immediately. Your attorney may need to interview eyewitnesses, review the police report, obtain lab results, and employ accident recreation experts to establish who is at fault for your accident. If the at-fault driver was under the influence of marijuana at the time, then you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against them seeking both compensatory and non-compensatory damages.
Contact Pueblo attorneys at Smith & Smith Today!
If you or someone you love is injured in a Pueblo automobile accident, it is important to contact an experienced Pueblo car accident attorney immediately. Your attorney will need to investigate all aspects of your case to determine who is ultimately to blame for your accident and your injuries.
Call Pueblo attorneys at Smith & Smith today for a free consultation at (719) 544-0062.
Attorney Smith serves clients in Pueblo, Pueblo West, Penrose, Florence, Salt Creek, Avondale, Boone, Canon City, Colorado City, Swallows, and Fort Carson.