Alcohol and driving don’t mix with teen drivers, or any driver for that matter. But a new study indicates that combining alcohol with marijuana increases the risk of unsafe driving. Compared to teen drivers without one of these substances, the risk is 50 to 90% higher.
Of course, unsafe driving also means a greater chance of getting involved in an accident. Researchers point out the importance of parents discussing not only risks of underage drinking but drug use as well.
In particular, the study found the risk of a crash was 50% higher when combining both. And the likelihood of receiving a citation was 90% higher.
Impairment not only decreases driving skills and judgment, it can also cause teens to take more risks behind the wheel. These concerns become a greater issue when there’s more than one substance involved.
Seeking Compensation in a Personal Injury Case
In New York, drivers turn to their own insurance company for coverage after an accident. But when it results in serious physical harm, it could allow the victim to seek legal action against an at-fault driver.
If a driver’s impairment was the cause of or contributing factor to the crash, it’s important to gather evidence. One way is through a police report, especially if it mentions the other driver receiving a ticket for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. It’s possible to get the results of a chemical test to also show liability. An attorney can help with this.
Statements from eyewitnesses are another way to show fault. A motorist or passenger might have noticed the driver swerving or weaving in and out of traffic. After the crash, a bystander could have seen the other driver slurring or stumbling.
Compensation could address the medical bills incurred as a result of the crash. Damages may also include lost earnings, disability, mental anguish, pain and suffering and more. Talk to an attorney at Gacovino & Lake about your case and the damages you may recover.