A few short years ago states in the western part of the country legalized marijuana, for medicinal purposes. Shortly thereafter movements for legalization of recreational marijuana were underway. While proponents of these initiatives claim legalization will reduce the number of criminal cases clogging up the Court system and that use in moderation is harmful, the real results remain to be seen.
For those that fear an increase in accidents due to use of legalized marijuana, the following factors come into play:
- Slower response times will cause more auto accidents if the persons that are using marijuana for a legal purpose are also driving cars.
- Having senses other than the ability to react quickly impaired by use of legalized marijuana will lead to an increase in the instance of auto accidents.
Proponents of legalizing marijuana claim that driving while using the drug is less dangerous than driving while under the influence of alcohol. To support these claims there are groups that point to research conducted which involved drivers on marijuana navigating difficult driving courses. The results showed no more incidents than those for drivers not smoking marijuana. However, some of the research showed an increase in the number of fatal accidents when marijuana played a role. The bottom line is that if you have been in an accident and the culpable party was impaired by marijuana use, you should fight for the highest and best recovery available. This includes seeking a full and fair compensation for your medical injuries, property damage, and long term pain and suffering. A skilled personal injury attorney can help you pinpoint the cause of the accident and fight for the compensation you deserve.
If you have been hurt in an accident, call our office to learn your options. Let an experienced attorney help you figure what is best for you. Call a Bloomington, Minnesota personal injury attorney today.