The issue of legalized marijuana may be more prevalent in the western states, but is something that is likely to make its way across the country shortly. Initially, legalization was for medicinal purposes only, but has now been expanded in at least one state to recreational use. This begs the question “will use of legalized marijuana increase car accidents?” The question is an interesting one, and the fear of an increase in accidents due to use is very real.
The fear of an increase in accidents due to use of legalized marijuana can be summed up as follows:
●While the medicinal purposes may be great for some people, the fact remains marijuana use results in slower reaction times.
● When a driver reacts slower than usual, the chance he or she will fail to stop in time to avoid a collision increases.
These dangers do not outweigh the arguments put forth by those in favor of legalization. For instance, proponents argue the effects of marijuana on a driver are less significant than use of alcohol. The theory is that use of alcohol is not illegal, so use of marijuana should not be either. What this argument fails to take into account is that there are many laws prohibiting driving while under the influence of alcohol. If you have been in an accident where the other driver was using drugs, even legally, you are entitled to a full recovery and a fair compensation for your injuries. I thoroughly investigate all of the facts of your accident, and will help you reach results that are satisfactory.
If you have questions about the legalization of marijuana and its impact on a personal injury case, attorney Robert Greening has the answers. Call a Dallas, Texas personal injury attorney today.