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Study: Marijuana Causes Car Accidents

By Burg Simpson

February 10, 2012   Colorado Blog, Colorado Personal Injury

A new study has found that drivers who smoke marijuana are twice as likely to be involved in a car accident than those who are not under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Researchers at the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, found that while alcohol can diminish a driver’s speed and reaction time, cannabis affects spatial location, which can result in impaired judgement, CNN reports.

Although it’s not known to what extent marijuana can impair a driver’s ability, the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse said among drivers under the influence, fatally injured drivers and crash victims, marijuana was the most prevalent illegal drug to be detected.

People who have been injured or lost a loved one in a motor vehicle collision involving a driver who was under the influence of drugs or alcohol in Colorado may want to contact a Denver car accident attorney to discuss their legal options.

Colorado law enforcement officials said now that medical marijuana has been legalized in the state, they are seeing an increased number of “stoned” drivers.

According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, 32 people involved in fatal car crashes in the state in 2010 had ingested cannabis.

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