Highways Full of Drivers Under the Influence of Marijuana

The legalization of marijuana is a growing trend among several states in the Union. Notably, Colorado and California have led the vanguard of “weed-friendly” legislation. Even in those states, however, driving while under the influence of marijuana is still illegal, just like driving under the influence of alcohol. Unfortunately, new reports from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that millions of drivers across the country drive after partaking of marijuana. While this study relied on self-reporting among drivers at or above the age of 16, perhaps suggesting a skew toward the low end, the study still found that roughly 12 million Americans consumed pot before driving in the past year. Regardless of your opinions on the legalization of weed, this is a troubling development for a variety of reasons.

The Effects of Marijuana on Driving Skills

A study by Dr. Kaylin M. Greene of Montana State University showed that many people across America have a misunderstanding regarding the dangers of driving while under the influence of marijuana. In general, the study’s subjects believed marijuana to be a much lower risk for car wrecks than the consumption of alcohol. However, weed can and does cause significant amounts of car accidents across the nation. Dr. Greene’s study focused on rural Americans, and its results may be related to the fact that deaths related to car crashes are twice as high in rural areas as they are in urban centers.

In actuality, marijuana can impair a driver’s cognitive abilities, reaction times, and judgment, all of which make it a dangerous substance for roadways. When drivers take more risks and have a more difficult time reacting to changing road conditions, everyone on the roadway is in danger of a serious car wreck.

Virginia Car Accident Laweyr

For more than 33 years, The Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe has helped clients injured in car accidents. If you are involved in a crash related to the use of marijuana, you may be able to seek compensation from the at-fault driver. Learn more about your options by scheduling a FREE consultation with us today. Just call or text 877-544-5323 to set up your appointment.