Recently on this North Carolina blog, we discussed how marijuana can negatively affect driving abilities, thereby increasing the risk of a car accident. Now, a recent survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) found that driving while under the influence of marijuana has increased by 47 percent over the last four years. That equates to 12 million motorists admitting to driving while high in 2018, accounting for 4.7 percent of all drivers. The increase is likely on account of society’s increasing acceptance of the drug, including legalization in some states for medical and recreational purposes.
The numbers are nothing short of staggering. Perhaps, most concerning is the fact that younger driver, those between the ages of 16 and 25, saw a three-fold increase in those who admitted to driving while under the influence of marijuana. Also of concern is the fact that more than two million motorists admitted to driving while under the influence of other drugs, like cocaine and methamphetamine. These numbers may fall short of reality, too, given the fact that many of these intoxicated drivers are less likely to self-report.
Drugged driving, while becoming more common, is still less frequent than drunk driving. According to some accounts, more than 20 million individuals admit to drunk driving each year, although that number has decreased over recent years. Regardless, the truth of the matter is that drugged and drunk driving both cause significant limitations on an individuals’ ability to drive.
Sadly, many of these intoxicated drivers cause car accidents that leave unsuspecting motorists seriously injured. These victims can incur extensive damages that are physical, emotional and financial in nature. Dealing with them can be overwhelming and stressful. The good news is that these individuals may be able to recover compensation for their damages, if they can show that their injuries resulted from the negligence of another. Proof of intoxication, whether from alcohol or drugs, can go a long way toward succeeding on a personal injury claim that seeks to recover damages.