The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently raising awareness about the dangers associated with drugged driving. With an increase in the decriminalization of medical and recreational marijuana across the nation, the NHTSA is hoping to get the word out about the safety challenges associated with these new changes. Everybody knows it’s illegal to get behind the wheel drunk, but what about drugged driving? At this time, we don’t have a ‘breath test’ for marijuana or other types of illegal drugs behind the wheel.
The Dangers of Drugged Driving
Many different drugs, including marijuana, can impact your ability to drive a car safely. Some over-the-counter and prescription medications can also be dangerous behind the wheel. Any substance that slows your reaction times, impacts your judgment or dulls your senses is dangerous. Any drugs, legal or illegal, that make you drowsy are also unsafe for driving. While we hear about the dangers of drunk and distracted driving all the time, it’s also important to remember that many different substances and behaviors can impact one’s ability to safely navigate the roadways.
Ongoing Research on Drugged Driving
At this time, the NHTSA is working to better understand the challenges associated with this particular safety concern. In the NHTSA’s recent Roadside Survey of Alcohol and Drug Use by Drivers, there was a large increase in drivers reporting to have used marijuana and other illegal drugs. Additionally, in 2014, nearly one in four drivers tested positive for at least one drug that could impact safety. Another survey found that marijuana use could be associated with greater crash risk for drivers.
Car Accidents in San Diego
In many cases, it can take additional investigative efforts to determine if somebody was drugged behind the wheel. We still don’t have a standardized protocol to check for marijuana use behind the wheel. If you suspect a drugged driver caused your accident, you need to contact a personal injury attorney about your case immediately.
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident in or around the San Diego or Central Coast areas, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.