Stoned driver accident? The general consensus around younger generation is that people who are under the influence of marijuana, might be safer on the roadways than people who are under the influence of alcohol. Could this be true?
Marijuana and THC Levels
Determining the amount of marijuana that is in a person’s system is tougher than determining the concentration of alcohol blood level. A recent study showed that people who had a blood alcohol level of .05 were six hundred times more likely to be involved in an auto accident.
When the study tried to measure the concentration of THC (the chemical responsible for marijuana’s psychological effect) in blood they found that the connection between THC presence in the blood did not indicate any increased risk in collision occurrence. Extremely surprising finding.
Alcohol vs Marijuana
You might assume that because the study did not show the exact connection between a THC level in the body and an increase in auto accidents that driving while under the influence of marijuana is safe. This is not necessarily the case. While it is established that driving under the influence of alcohol can impair the driver’s ability to react in time in most cases, driving while under the influence of any drug is also very dangerous.
When a person uses a drug like marijuana they are affected both physically and mentally. The THC levels in the blood may not prove a connection with increased risk for an accident, because different people react to THC differently.
One person may get very sleepy and lethargic with only a small amount of THC in their system, while another person may show no effects from the same amount.
The different ways our bodies process and react to the chemicals in drugs are why it has not yet been proven that people who are stoned on marijuana are safer drivers than people who are drunk on alcohol.
Regardless of the finding or lack thereof of the influence of marijuana on driving in those studies, it is a well-established fact that the purpose of using marijuana whether for medicinal purposes or otherwise is its influence on the body and mind. The same influence could and will impair the driver’s ability to react in timely manner while driving.
Using marijuana can make a driver extremely sleepy, and it can slow his or her reaction time. You should never drive under influence of any drugs or alcohol. When you are driving you are controlling a large machine that can do great physical harm to you, and to other people.
Always limit your access to motor vehicles and do not attempt to drive when you have been taking any medications, drugs or alcohol which can affect your reaction times and increase the risk of auto accidents and injuries.
Driving under the influence and liability in an accident
While you should never drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, just because you were stoned at the time of the accident, it does not mean that you are automatically at fault for the accident. There are many factors that determine liability in a vehicle, motorcycle or pedestrian accidents. Please call our office for free consultation immediately after you were involved in any accident.
Stoned Driver Accident Attorney
If you have been involved or injured in an accident, whether you believe the other driver might have been under any influence or otherwise, please call our office for a free consultation. Speak with our attorneys to learn more about the options that may be available to you. We have secured millions in judgments and settlements for past clients and we will help to determine what is best for you.
If you or anyone you know is involved in a car accident with a stoned or drunk driver, please call our office.
Interesting article on LiveScience discusses the Marijuana vs. Alcohol: Which Is Really Worse for Your Health?