You have probably heard that driving under the influence doesn’t just apply to driving while impaired by alcohol. It can also include being under the influence of drugs, such as prescription medications or marijuana.
The reason that these types of activities are illegal is that they dramatically increase the odds of a serious car accident. If you have to share the road with drivers who are under the influence, you could be severely injured.
How does marijuana influence driving?
First and foremost, it’s very clear that using marijuana can impact someone’s ability to drive safely. This has been found in numerous studies. In fact, when looking at serious car accidents, the illicit drug that shows up the most often is marijuana.
Exactly how it affects driving can differ from case to case, but it can make it more difficult for a driver to react to things on the road. They may not properly process what’s happening ahead of them, or they may see what’s happening and physically react slowly. They may also get more distracted by other events, such as text messages that come in on the phone or things being said to them by passengers. Furthermore, they may simply have less physical control over the car, leading to simple driving mistakes that would never happen if someone was sober.
Unfortunately, this type of impaired driving is going to continue happening. If you get injured, or if you lose a loved one in an accident caused by one of these drivers, you may be able to seek financial compensation. Be sure you are well aware of all of your legal options as you pursue your claim.