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Does marijuana use increase the risk of a car accident?


It's probably safe to say that the dangers of drunk driving are pretty well-known in Louisiana. But what about driving while on drugs, and specifically marijuana? Many people may not be aware just how dangerous it is to drive after using marijuana or other drugs.

Drugged driving is, unfortunately, very common. Nationwide about 9.9 million people admitted to driving under the influence of illegal drugs in the preceding year, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

Marijuana is one of the most commonly used drugs in the United States today. Its active ingredient, THC, affects the parts of the brain that govern judgment, memory, body movements, balance and coordination. Studies have shown that marijuana has a negative impact on a driver's ability to perceive time and speed. It also diminishes drivers' attentiveness and their ability to base actions on past experiences. All of these effects increase the danger of a serious auto accident.

According to researchers, these problems are made significantly worse when a driver uses both marijuana and alcohol. Studies indicate it is common for drivers to test positive for both marijuana and alcohol.

When a person is injured in an accident caused by a driver who was high on marijuana, they have the right to bring a lawsuit against the impaired driver and recover compensation for their injuries. The victim can seek damages for pain and suffering as well as medical expenses and income loss. The impaired driver's insurance company will be obligated to pay for any damages up to the policy limits. Our law firm can help individuals bring these types of claims.

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