Studies: legal marijuana leads to increase in car crashes | The Wilbers Law Firm LLC

Free Consultation

314-667-4586

The Wilbers Law Firm LLC - Personal Injury

A Personal Injury Law Firm

Attorney
view our Practice areas

Studies: legal marijuana leads to increase in car crashes

There has been an almost endless stream of heated back-and-forth in national media over the upcoming midterm elections. Sometimes overlooked in all the fury is the fact that Missouri voters will have three different medical marijuana proposals on their November ballots.

New research from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the Highway Loss Data Institute will give voters something to ponder: car wrecks in states where recreational weed has been legalized are up 6 percent.

The Highway Loss Data Institute study said collision claims filed with insurance companies in Colorado, Oregon, Nevada and Washington are on the rise. Claims in those four were compared to four states where weed remains illegal: Montana, Idaho, Utah and Wyoming.

The study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety looked at police reported accidents before and after legalization found a 5.2 percent bump up in Colorado, Oregon and Washington compared to neighboring states, USA Today reported.

"States exploring legalizing marijuana should consider this effect on highway safety," said the president of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and Highway Loss Data Institute.

So far nine states have legalized marijuana: Colorado, California, Alaska, Nevada, Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, Oregon and Washington. The District of Columbia has also legalized weed. Michigan and North Dakota are about to vote on whether to legalize recreational use.

Missouri is one of several considering approval of medical marijuana.

While we don’t take positions on political issues in this space, we do offer the information for consideration before you cast your ballot next month.

Those injured in a motor vehicle crash caused by an impaired driver should contact an attorney experienced in personal injury litigation.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For a Response

Learn How We Can Help You Recover

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

St. Louis Office
130 South Bemiston Ave, Suite 406
St. Louis, MO 63105

Phone: 314-667-4586
Fax: 314-721-3052
St. Louis Law Office Map

Jefferson City Office
114 E High Street
Suite A
Jefferson City, MO 65101

Phone: 314-667-4586
Fax: 314-721-3052
Map & Directions

The Wilbers Law Firm LLC - Personal Injury