Is it safe to drive while under the influence of marijuana? No. A Palm Beach car accident attorney explains.
Marijuana is the most widely used drug in the world. Many people believe it is harmless and can even improve focus and concentration, but a recent study from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada has found that those who use the drug before driving are twice as likely as drivers who are not under the influence to cause a West Palm Beach car crash.
The researchers reviewed nine studies that included more than 49,000 motor vehicle accident victims. Use of marijuana was confirmed either by blood tests or self-reporting. The results showed that drivers who had used marijuana within three hours of getting behind the wheel had almost twice the risk of causing a motor vehicle accident. The risk was also greater for severe and fatal accidents.
Effects of marijuana that affect driving include slowed reaction time, impaired judgment, paranoia, memory loss, and difficulty concentrating. Yet many drivers believe it is risk free.
Experts believe that campaigns like those used to educate about the dangers of drunk driving are needed to warn teens and others about the risks of driving while high. Critics disagree. They believe that roadside drug testing would be a greater deterrent to driving high.
Were you injured by a driver under the influence of marijuana in Florida? You have rights. You may be able to claim Florida accident compensation for your medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering. To learn more, request a free copy of The Florida Accident Workbook: Tools, Tips & Tactics to Resolve Your Injury Claim, or contact Palm Beach car accident attorney David Glatthorn at 888-340-2620.