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The dangers of driving while under the influence of marijuana

On Behalf of | Apr 2, 2021 | Car Accidents |

Texas drivers should refrain from getting behind the wheel after consuming drugs or alcohol in any form. Drugged driving is risky and dangerous, even if the driver believes he or she is in complete control of what is happening. Marijuana is a commonly used recreational drug, and while many people don’t believe it’s a dangerous or hard drug, it can still impact a person’s driving skills. 

Like distracted or drunk drivers, drugged drivers may make poor choices on the road. They may exhibit behaviors that are risky for themselves and every other person. Each driver is responsible for the choices he or she makes behind the wheel, which means you could have grounds for a legal claim if you are the victim of an accident caused by driver who was under the influence of marijuana. 

Impaired driving 

Researchers have studied the effects of marijuana on drivers, and the conclusion is that, just like alcohol, it can cause significant impairment. Other things learned from multiple research studies on the matter include the following: 

  • There is a direct link between THC, the psychoactive chemical in marijuana, and driving impairment. The more THC in the system, the higher the level of impairment. 
  • Analysis concludes that the risk of serious injury or death from a car accident doubles when driving after marijuana use. 
  • Consuming marijuana and driving is even more dangerous when coupled with the consumption of alcohol.  
  • Studies also found that driving while stoned is more common than many realize, with drugs and alcohol contributing to about 11% of all fatal accidents. 

Drivers who are under the influence of marijuana could cause serious or fatal accidents. The consequences of this choice could change your life forever, and you could experience both economic and non-economic challenges because of another person’s choice to drive while high. 

Recovering damages 

If you are the victim of a drugged driving accident, there are options available to you. You may be able to seek compensation for your losses through a civil claim. The Texas civil justice provides you the opportunity to pursue recovery of damages, but you would be wise to pursue this option as soon as possible after your accident. These specific types of cases are time sensitive, and quick action may contribute toward a higher chance of a successful civil claim.