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Driver cited for marijuana possession after bicycle accident

Currently, recreational marijuana use is being considered, but it is not yet legal. Even if it were, this would not mean that one could be under the influence of marijuana while driving because this is a drug that can still impair one's judgment behind the wheel and result in an unnecessary accident. According to reports, a 19-year-old was hit by a vehicle while he was riding his bicycle in the northbound lane of a road a little after midnight. He is currently in the hospital. The bicycle accident took place around Portsmouth Town Hall in Rhode Island.

Investigators determined that the vehicle was also traveling northbound. The driver came up on the teen and reportedly could not avoid hitting him. The vehicle struck the teen and his bicycle from behind. As a result, the teen was ejected from his bike.

The teen bicyclist was taken to the hospital for medical treatment. He is currently listed in stable condition. The driver of the car received citations from police for due care by drivers and marijuana possession. The driver reportedly had less than an ounce of the drug in his or her vehicle. According to reports, the driver did pass a field sobriety test, but it is unclear if the driver was subjected to any other testing such as a blood test.

When a driver chooses to operate his or her vehicle recklessly and causes serious or fatal injury to another individual, such as a bicyclist, the driver should be held responsible for the injuries that he or she inflicted. Plain and simple, marijuana can impair a driver's judgment. Car and bicycle accident victims in Rhode Island who have been injured by an impaired driver may want to consider what, if any, legal options are available to them.

Source: abc6.com, "Bicyclist struck in Portsmouth; driver cited for marijuana posse", Dec. 23, 2015

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