We all are aware that drunk driving is illegal and one can easily be arrested and charged if found guilty of DWI (Driving While Intoxicated). Drunk driving is considered criminal because it can cause the driver to lose coordination and focus while driving. On the other hand, while drugs such as marijuana have a different effect on the person’s body and psychological state, they also make the consumer temporarily impaired. So, does that also mean that consuming marijuana or cannabis leads to fatal car accidents? Read on to know the details.
Marijuana and its effects:
Marijuana or cannabis, a psychoactive drug, is consumed by a number of people worldwide. It is reported that in 2013, around 230 million people in the world between the ages 15 and 65 years used this drug. Marijuana is regarded as one of the most commonly consumed drugs and the number of its users is increasing drastically every year. Marijuana leads to euphoria, which is an exceptionally elevated mood, and also increasess the consumer’s appetite. However, excessive use of marijuana has tremendous side effects just like smoking cigarettes. Scientific studies revealed that over 50 carcinogens have been identified in marijuana smoke. Consuming cannabis leads to care-free attitude, drowsiness, pseudohallucinations, illusions and ataxia from selective impairment of polysynaptic reflexes. Unsurprisingly, all these effects are sufficient to cause a fatal car accident.
Marijuana and the laws:
If you are 21 years old or older, you can legally consume marijuana in limited amounts in the majority of countries worldwide. Marijuana has been legalized due to its medicinal and recreational uses which are hardly proven by any scientific findings. The only places where doctors feel the need to supply marijuana to their patients is when they want to halt a patient’s vomiting and nausea that results from chemotherapy during cancer treatment or to enhance an AIDs patient’s appetite . Otherwise, there is no such scientifically proven benefit of injecting the particular drug. According to NBC News, in America, 20 states allow the medical use and 4 states allow the recreational use of marijuana.
Marijuana and Fatal Car Accidents:
American Auto Association (AAA) explains using statistics from Washington Traffic Safety Commission about fatal car accidents by comparing data collected prior to (i.e. Year 2012) and post legalization (i.e. Year 2014) of marijuana. The results suggested that the number of car accidents almost doubled from 40 to 84 car accidents. The THC testing system detected that 17% of drivers had marijuana in their blood after the drug’s legalization as compared to 8% prior to legalization. Moreover, AAA reveals in the Washington study that the number of fatal car accidents greatly increased after marijuana was allowed in their state.
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Although driving while high is not as risky as while being drunk, it does have a negative impact on your mind and body. In order to be on the safe side, drive with your full senses and avoid anything which can cause any type of impairment while you are on the road. Driving requires complete concentration, focus, and adequate coordination of your body and mind. Moreover, take good care of your health and do not indulge in habits which look attractive temporarily, but can prove to be hazardous in the long run.
If you’ve suffered fatal car accidents, you have a right to file a lawsuit to recover your losses, medical expenses, treatment, pain & suffering, lost wages, inability to work or function, property damages, and others. It’s important that you quickly call Attorney Javier Marcos & Associates so that you can commence your medical treatment, do not worsen your legal position, preserve evidence, and learn your rights. Call 24 hours at 713.999.4444.