In recent years, marijuana has become increasingly accepted across the U.S. However, the use of marijuana while on the road is especially concerning and many drivers cause accidents because they are intoxicated. Some people think that marijuana is safer than alcohol and feel that they are fully capable of operating a vehicle safely. However, intoxicated driving is not only against the law but it is also very dangerous and leads to many deaths each year.
Those involved in serious accidents caused by drivers who were under the influence of marijuana need to have a clear understanding of their legal options and firmly stand up for their rights.
The prevalence of marijuana use among drivers
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more drivers are using marijuana behind the wheel. In fact, among those who drive at night during the weekend, data published by the CDC shows that 13 percent of drivers have detectable levels of marijuana in their systems. With the recent legalization of marijuana in many states, these figures are likely to increase in the coming years.
The dangers of marijuana on the road
The CDC also points out that those who use marijuana are roughly 25 percent more likely to find themselves in a motor vehicle accident (as opposed to drivers who do not have any track record of marijuana use). Moreover, roughly 16 percent of traffic collisions are attributed to drug use (excluding alcohol), including marijuana. Marijuana impairs one’s abilities in various ways and poses a serious threat to the safety of everyone on the road. Those who drive while they are high need to answer for their behavior, especially if they are responsible for a crash.