Marijuana-Using Drivers Raise Risk of Motor Vehicle Accidents

In Florida, drivers who are operating their vehicles under the influence will inevitably place others in danger of injuries and fatalities in motor vehicle accidents.

While the term "under the influence" can be construed as the driver has been drinking or using drugs, there are certain liberties people believe they can take in terms of the kinds of drugs they have used. Recent research highlights this danger and drivers should be cognizant of this risk if they are in an accident.

An estimated 15 million people in the U.S. are driving while they are high after using marijuana. These people have a greater likelihood of being in an auto accident. In the study, 2,500 drivers above the age of 16 were surveyed. 73% of those who used marijuana said they grew drowsy within the next hour. 14% of those 23 to 28 had a greater likelihood to drive within that hour. For those 22 and younger, it was 10%. Regarding gender, 8% of men and 5% of women said they drove after using it.

Since it is legal for medical use in Florida and many other states have legalized it for recreational use, there is something of a lackadaisical attitude about it. Still, those who drive after using it can have a crash. Law enforcement says they are improving strategies to catch drivers who are driving after smoking marijuana. 7% of Americans said they approve of drivers getting behind the wheel after smoking marijuana.

When there is an auto accident, one of the biggest factors in a legal filing for compensation is the cause of the crash. If a driver was under the influence of marijuana, it can be a key to being adequately compensated for medical costs, lost wages, property damage and loss of life. A law firm that understands motor vehicle accidents and knows how to investigate them while gathering relevant evidence is a vital part of a claim. After an accident, it is imperative to call for a consultation to learn what steps to take.