Stoned Drivers to Blame for Increase in Fatal Crashes
Recent studies have pointed to an increase in the number of drivers involved in deadly car crashes in Colorado who test positive for marijuana. Furthermore, they indicate Colorado has a higher percentage of such drivers testing positive for THC than other states even when the studies are controlled for other variables. Additionally, studies show that perceptions about the risk of marijuana use have been reduced across all age groups as the industry booms in the state.
In fact, more than half of the arrests in one month for impaired driving state-wide, involved a driver who was high. And data obtained from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration and Colorado State Patrol indicates that from 2007 to 2012, traffic fatalities involving drivers who tested positive for marijuana doubled.
Colorado Drugged Driving
In Colorado, a person is guilty of DUI
if he or she operates a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and/or one or more drugs. The laws states that in instances where THC is identified in a driver’s blood in quantities of 5ng/ml or higher there is reason to infer that driver was under the influence.
THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the main mind-altering ingredient found in marijuana. THC stimulates brain cells to release dopamine, creating a euphoric sensation. It also causes delusions and hallucinations, as well as interferes with the way the brain processes information.
Because it impairs judgment, motor coordination and slows reaction time, an impaired person has an increased chance of being responsible for an accident.
Marijuana Causes Car Crashes
Every year, many lives are shattered by the unconscionable actions of other drivers, such as driving while under the influence
of alcohol or drugs. As personal injury attorneys, we know that drugged driving is a relative plague on our state highways and city streets. We know that a wrongful death lawsuit can never completely restore your well-being after an injury or bring back someone lost in a drugged driving traffic accident. But, as legal experts in this area, we can help gain compensation for those individuals and families whose lives have forever been changed because of someone else’s poor decision.
Contact Denver Car Accident Lawyers
If you have been injured or have lost a loved one due to a drugged driving crash, you could be entitled to compensation for your injuries, medical expenses, and lost wages. At Fuller Injury Law, our team of experienced Denver car accident attorneys will fight for your legal rights and help you achieve justice. Contact us today for a no-obligation consultation. Contact us
today at 303-597-4500
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