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Mixing intoxicating substances behind the wheel

Drunk driving accidents are tragic in and of themselves. There are many accident victims across the state of Oklahoma who can attest to this statement. Now that the nation's views on marijuana have become more tolerant, one can safely assume that many motorists will partake of this substance as well. This leads to many questions such as what happens if people choose to mix alcohol and marijuana and then take to the road.

It does not take much thought to imagine the worst. Most people understand that alcohol impairs decision-making and response times, which leads to drunk driving accidents. Did you know that marijuana often affects the human body in a similar way? According to WebMD, marijuana causes dizziness and dramatically slows reaction time. These effects can be deadly behind the wheel.

Other research indicates that mixing the two substances increases "by more than fivefold" the chances of causing an accident. When researchers looked at motor vehicle accidents occurring between 1993 and 2014, they found that most of the motorists who caused the accident tested positive for alcohol or marijuana or both. In 43 percent of these accidents, the cause of the crash was the at-fault driver drifting into another lane.

Researchers say that while alcohol still tops other substances as a leading cause of accidents, marijuana and other drug-related crashes have become more prevalent in recent years. Fortunately, the laws governing drunk driving accidents extend to other intoxicating substances as well. This means accident victims have a good chance of holding these drivers to account after suffering injuries in an accident. A personal injury lawyer is an excellent source of support in these endeavors.

Source: Medline Plus, "Pot Plus Booze: A Deadly Mix Behind the Wheel," Robert Preidt, accessed Aug. 15, 2017

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