Car Accident Lawyer - Will Legalization of Weed Make Our Roads More Dangerous?

By Osborne & Francis
July 18, 2024

Boca car accident lawyer Joe Osborne educates the public on what they can expect with medical marijuana becoming legal in Florida.

With the legalization of marijuana looming on many ballots across the country, Boca car accident lawyer Joe Osborne explains what the public should expect. Over the past few years, our country has retrieved much more data on the positive and negative effects of the use of marijuana. Marijuana is legal in a select number of states and has become legal in many others after voters voiced their opinions at the polls in early November. We as citizens need to be educated on how marijuana will affect the average person’s life, particularly on our roadways, says Boca Raton car accident lawyer Joe Osborne.

According to AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety “Fatal crashes involving drivers that recently used marijuana doubled in Washington after the state legalized the drug” This AAA statistic can certainly be explained by both sides of the pro and anti-marijuana conversation, but no one can argue that it adds an ever-growing variable to the roadways. The ideal situation for someone who gets behind the wheel is one that allows them to get to their destination without any injury or damage to their vehicle.

Additionally, as the use of marijuana is legalized more people who had previously followed the law will venture to try marijuana. With the number of users rising it doesn’t seem that long until more people will get behind the wheel of a car while under the influence. Instead of being drunk, they might be high or both. Neither of those two mental states seems like a preferred one to the rest of the public who you may share the road with.

Even though in 2015 the Drug and Alcohol Dependence Journal came out with a study that “viewed through a simulator and studied that individuals who drank alcohol were more likely to swerve out of their lane than pot smokers.” This quote may or may not support the Marijuana or Alcohol proponents but the objective of the study essentially is to find out what drug affects decision-making more.

Those who do follow the law and remain sober while driving will have to be aware of the possibility of increasing dangers says top car accident lawyer Joe Osborne. The best recommendation we can give is to drive in a defensive manner as well as make sure you seek legal advice if you’re met with these unwanted circumstances.

As the law changes in the upcoming months and marijuana does become legal it is also important to know if there is a legal limit in your state (ex: Alcohol is .08), and how much marijuana you are allowed to carry on your person. If you do happen to be involved in a car accident and marijuana plays a role in the accident or injury it’s important to pursue the best car accident lawyer; Joe Osborne and his car accident law firm thoroughly investigate your case and work to achieve a successful outcome.

Society can agree that drugs and alcohol should never be used while operating a vehicle. Not only are you putting your life in danger but you are risking the life of many innocent men, women, and children. Unfortunately, the citizens of this country will be forced to adjust to the abundance of high drivers.

If you or a family member have been injured in a car accident due to a driver under the influence in Miami-Dade, Broward or Palm Beach Counties and have any questions about accident law, contact Boca car accident lawyer Joe Osborne at (561) 293-2600 or fill out this online contact form. You can discuss your case, how the law may apply and your best legal options to protect your rights and obtain compensation for your injuries.

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