Across the United States, April 20th has become an unofficial marijuana holiday. A study conducted by the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), revealed that the number of crashes increases on April 20th, as a result of recreational marijuana use in celebration of this day. The use of marijuana impairs an individual’s ability to operate a motor vehicle. Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol negatively affects a person’s cognitive skills and motor skills.
This unofficial holiday became popular in 1992. Since then, fatal crashes have increased by 12 percent on this particular day. According to NIDA, individuals with THC concentrations in their blood are twice as likely to be involved in a fatal crash than other drivers. In addition, people involved in crashes with THC concentrations in their blood are likely to have been responsible for the crash. Those that engage in both marijuana and alcohol use together are at an even higher risk of getting into a fatal accident.
Driving under the influence of drugs and or alcohol places pedestrians and motorists at risk of death or serious injuries. Seriously injuring a person in an automobile accident, as a result of marijuana use, will give rise to a personal injury claim. Individuals that are involved in drug-related accidents often suffer from injuries that require continuous long-term care treatment, which is extremely costly. In this instance, filing a personal injury claim may assist in easing financial hardships. A victim may recover damages for the following:
- Medical expenses;
- Pain and suffering;
- Rehabilitation costs;
- Lost wages; and
- Long-term care costs, among others.
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries from an automobile accident, contact a New Jersey personal injury attorney who is experienced in handling these matters. Put the experienced automobile accident attorneys of Rinaldo Law Group on your side to vigorously represent you and fight for the compensation you and your family deserve. Contact 1-833-RINALDO to schedule a consultation with our car accident lawyers today.