Marijuana and Car Accidents
Despite its mostly illegal status in the United States, marijuana is still a widely-used drug. Those that consume this illicit drug claim that its effects are not as deleterious as those wrought by more serious narcotics. However, driving under the influence of marijuana is still impaired driving, and it is unacceptable.
If you or a loved one has suffered in a wreck caused by someone who was under the influence of marijuana, you may be entitled to financial compensation to help with any resulting medical bills or auto repair expenses. Contact the Des Moines car accident lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. today at 877-327-2600 for a free consultation regarding your rights and options.
Marijuana’s Effects on Driving Abilities
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, marijuana is the second-most psychoactive substance detected in traffic arrests and fatalities after alcohol. Despite many people’s beliefs that marijuana is safer than alcohol, it is still a serious inhibitor of good performance behind the wheel. Effects of marijuana include:
- Decreased reaction time
- Difficulty handling the vehicle
- Faulty distance and time estimation
Driving high or stoned on drugs including marijuana is dangerous behavior that can harm other people. Marijuana is a serious threat to safe driving, and when injuries occur, the person responsible for the accident should be held liable for the damage he or she has brought upon others.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident involving a motorist that was under the influence of marijuana, get in touch with the Des Moines DUI attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. today at 877-327-2600 to speak with an attorney about the many ways we can help you fight back.