A study published in this week's British Medical Journal found that people who smoke marijuana within three hours of driving are almost twice as likely to cause a car accident than drivers who are not under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Prior studies have shown that there is a significantly increased risk of an accident if the driver is 40 old or younger.
According to the study's authors, their study is more reliable than past studies because they separated out the use of alcohol and other drugs from the use of marijuana.
Researchers found that marijuana use impairs motor tasks that are necessary for safe driving.
If you or someone you care about has been injured in a car accident, truck accident or motorcycle accident that was the fault of someone driving under influence of alcohol or drugs, contact McGee, Lerer and Associates. A Santa Monica personal injury lawyer at our firm is available 24/7 to provide a free consultation regarding your injury claim. Speak with an attorney before you speak to the other party's insurance adjuster, or you can compromise the value of your claim.