A publication in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) dug into the potential impact of marijuana use on driving abilities. The findings could provide guidance as states throughout the country consider legalization of the drug.
What was the reason for the study? The research was led by a physician who was motivated to help raise awareness about the dangers of marijuana use. The physician stated that he practices near a site known for celebrating the popular counterculture “High Holiday” on April 20. This holiday involves groups that get together to publicly consume marijuana, most often at 4:20 p.m.
What did the research find? The findings show that there was a notable increase of fatal accidents on 4/20 after 4:20 p.m. The physician noted that he and his colleagues would prepare for a “surge of patient volume due to the” celebrations. The data supports this practice. After reviewing data spanning back 25 years the researchers uncovered a 12 percent increase in fatalities during this period.
Young drivers under the age of 21 were at particular risk. This age group experienced a 38 percent increase in the risk of involvement in a fatal car accident on 4/20.
As a result, the researchers are encouraging all drivers, particularly young drivers, to operate their vehicles with an extra level of care during this time.
What options are available for victims of car accidents on 4/20? Whether injured on 4/20 or any other day, any victim that believes his or her injuries were the result of another driver’s negligence can likely hold that driver liable through a personal injury lawsuit.
It is wise to seek legal counsel if you believe your accident qualifies. An attorney experienced in auto accident claims can advocate for your interests and better ensure a favorable outcome.