A new study suggests that number of people involved in fatal car crashes who are under the influence of marijuana at the time of the crash is increasing. Nearly three times as many crashes have involved marijuana in the past decade than the decade prior. Today, about 12% of drivers involved in a fatal collision would test positive for marijuana.
The study looked at a data from crash statistics from states that perform toxicology tests in fatal accidents, including California. Alcohol plays a role in about 40% of traffic fatalities. In 2010, marijuana played a role in 28% of fatalities, up from 16% a decade ago.
A driver under the influence of alcohol is 13 times more likely to be involved in a fatal car crash than a sober driver. A driver that is under the influence of both alcohol and marijuana is 24 times more likely.
The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker actively encourages everyone to never drive under the influence of any drug, including alcohol or marijuana. The risks are to great, and there is no reward. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, contact us today at (800) 333-0000 for a free consultation.