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Marijuana and the risk of a traffic crash

On Behalf of | Nov 23, 2020 | Firm News |

If you regularly drive, there are many hazards on the road to keep an eye out for. Even if you obey all traffic safety guidelines, the negligence of other drivers could threaten your life and increase the chances of a devastating collision that results in a serious injury. Many people recognize how dangerous alcohol is when people drive drunk, but it is important for drivers to understand the risks that come with marijuana use behind the wheel.

Unfortunately, many people operate vehicles after smoking marijuana and some people smoke marijuana while driving. With the recent legalization of marijuana in many states, this is an increasingly concerning issue.

Reviewing statistics on marijuana use and traffic accidents

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, those who use marijuana are roughly 25% more likely to become involved in a motor vehicle collision in comparison to those who do not use marijuana. Moreover, statistics show that people are using marijuana more frequently. Among those who drive at night during the weekend, 13% have detectable levels of this substance in their system.

Reviewing the ways marijuana can cause a crash

Marijuana use can interfere with one’s ability to drive safely in many different ways. Sometimes, drivers are unable to focus on the road because they are heavily intoxicated, and those who are impaired often struggle with following various traffic safety guidelines. Sometimes, intoxicated drivers are aggressive and have little regard for their personal safety and the well-being of others on the road. Marijuana, along with alcohol and other drugs, can lead to poor decisions behind the wheel that significantly increase the odds of a collision.