New research recently released by Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) found that more teenagers admit to smoking marijuana and driving than drinking alcohol and driving. 19% of teenagers surveyed indicated that they had driven under the influence of marijuana compared to 13% who indicated that they had driven under the influence of alcohol.

Unfortunately, this problem is not limited to teenagers. Other drivers, including truckers, are also driving under the influence of marijuana and other drugs.  If you, or your child, have been hurt by a driver who was under the influence of any drug, then it is important to contact a Kansas City truck crash lawyer as soon as possible.

International Studies Shed Led On the Problem of Marijuana and Driving
A Canadian study published in the February 9 issue of the British Medical Journal found that smoking marijuana and driving nearly doubles the chances of being in a motor vehicle accident. Specifically, the study found that smoking marijuana within three hours of driving nearly doubled the chances of a car accident and that the full effects of marijuana did not wear off for about 12 hours.

Smoking marijuana, or doing other drugs, and driving may be particularly problematic for truckers who are operating big rigs that are more difficult to maneuver and to stop quickly. Serious accident injuries and fatalities may result.

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If you've been injured in a car accident you need to speak with an experienced car accident lawyer as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our Kansas City office directly at 816.471.5111 to schedule your free consultation.

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James Roswold is a Kansas & Missouri personal injury, workers comp, and medical malpractice attorney.