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Auto Accidents Involving Marijuana

You could be the most responsible driver on the road but still be at risk of danger because of the drivers around you under the influence of drugs, such as marijuana. Any intoxicating substance hinders the ability of individuals to drive with caution and to the best of their abilities.

Additionally, now that marijuana has been legalized in some states in the U.S., the issue is becoming more prominent and even more serious for passengers on the road. When irresponsible drivers are under the influence of marijuana and get behind the wheel, the chance of an auto accident occurring increases, putting the safety and even the lives of others on the road at risk.

How Marijuana Affects Driving Abilities

Just like other substances such as alcohol, marijuana inhibits the mental abilities of individuals, thus negatively affecting their driving capabilities. Such effects include the following:

  • Impaired judgment
  • Decreased ability to concentrate
  • Slowed motor skills needed to operate a motor vehicle
  • Slowed reaction time
  • Inhibited depth perception

Many drug users are unaware of the injuries or even death that could potentially ensue because of their substance abuse while driving. Even individuals in California that consume marijuana for medical reasons can be found guilty of a DUI and should think twice before getting behind the wheel while under the influence.

Contact a San Diego Personal Injury Lawyer

If you or someone you love has been injured in an auto accident because another driver was acting irresponsible by driving while under the influence, the San Diego personal injury lawyers at Ritter & Associates may be able to help. The trauma that comes after an auto accident can be devastating, especially when you are not at fault, so we understand how financial compensation can be of tremendous help with your situation. If you would like to get in touch with a personal injury lawyer in San Diego today at (619) 296-0123.

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