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Studies Link Marijuana With Increase In Accidents

California has always been ahead of its peers when it comes to giving its citizens freedom. Marijuana is legal in this state for recreational use, but one thing nobody is really talking about is how this has affected the driving situation.

Are there more accidents?

Are those accidents worse than other ones?

There are new studies out now that give us a clearer picture of what happens in places where marijuana is legalized, and the results may surprise you.

Whether it is a drug-linked crash or a crash that happened some other way, we know that they are not easy to deal with. If you need a San Francisco car accident attorney, you can count on Edward “Skip” Babbitt to be by your side. He will work to secure the compensation you deserve.

The Link

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says that the number of crashes overall increases in states that have legalized weed for recreational use. Some states saw car accidents increases of as much as six percent. The study makes a point to say that the number of accidents involving fatalities has not increased, though we know that an increase in the number of accidents likely increases the number of injuries.

Other researchers have found that some drivers who use marijuana and drive tend to weave more in simulators designed to test drug users’ driving ability.

This is just one more thing for California drivers to contend with. In the latest reporting year for this state, there were nearly 12,000 serious injuries and over 3,000 fatalities as a result of traffic accidents. In San Francisco, for the same year, there were 4,516 people killed or injured in car accidents.

The cause of many accidents in California revolves around driver negligence. Often, we see that drunk drivers are the cause. In fact, there were over 25,000 alcohol-related injuries in car crashes for the latest reporting year.

Over 50 percent of California drivers think that texting while driving is the most serious distraction for drivers. Distracted drivers can be just as dangerous as drunk drivers. Anything that causes a driver to take their eyes off the road should be put aside until the vehicle is parked.

Drivers in this state cited speeding and aggressive driving as the biggest safety problem.

We know that injuries from car accidents can be severe and costly. Will your insurance cover all accident-related expenses?

What You Can Do

If you have sustained injuries in a car accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, Edward “Skip” Babbitt is standing by to help. He has years of experience with personal injury cases and knows exactly how to handle insurance companies and other parties. There is no reason for you to have to suffer financially if you have been hurt by someone else. You can contact us by clicking here or calling 619-543-1789 for a free consultation. It is time to get the compensation you need so you can focus on healing.