Here’s Why Legalized Marijuana May Lead to More Traffic Accidents in New Jersey

December 23, 2020
  • In the past few years, there has been a 50% spike in the number of people who operated a motor vehicle after using marijuana.

  • The State of New Jersey recently legalized recreational marijuana consumption for residents 21 and over.

  • Contact our firm at 201-488-1825 if you have been injured by an impaired driver.

Personal injury lawyers throughout New Jersey are concerned that the recent legalization of marijuana could lead to increased traffic accidents on our roads.

New Jersey’s recent legalization of cannabis, a controlled form of marijuana, is a dream come true for regular users.  However, the reason that New Jersey did not legalize recreational marijuana use as early as many other states was largely due to potential public health consequences, such as increased traffic accidents

While recent studies have been back-and-forth on the topic, one of the most consistent factors in temporary increases in auto accidents was thought to be inexperienced marijuana users not realizing the extent to which they were impaired before getting behind the wheel.  They would get that false sense of security, thinking they were cognizant enough to drive, which would then result in them causing serious injury to themselves or others. 

In spite of the fact that studies on the correlation of marijuana use and car accidents are sparse, the recreational drug has been found to negatively impact driving in similar ways to alcohol.  Marijuana significantly impairs judgment, motor coordination and reaction time, leaving more room for error and possibly dangerous consequences.  Studies have also found a direct relationship between THC concentration levels in the blood and impaired driving ability.  Needless to say, any person who has recently consumed cannabis should not be on the road, because their actions pose a potential danger to themselves, other drivers and pedestrians. 

Here at The GC Law Firm, our personal injury attorneys regularly help clients who have been injured by an impaired driver obtain the compensation they are owed.  If you find yourself in this situation, don’t wait.  Please schedule a free consultation with our team so we can help you determine the next steps in your case!

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