Tragically it is not just human error, a split second wrong decision or complete and utter carelessness or recklessness that may cause a fatal road accident claim for compensation but what the driver does before getting behind the wheel.
The issue is drugs in society and seemingly freely available to many youngsters who drive today.
A recent study that the fatal accident claim solicitors blogged about earlier reported on a study by the Highway Safety Association which as reported that there are more fatal road accident claim due to drug taking than alcohol.
We reported that whilst this study was based on information from America, it is often the case (or at least is seems to give the impression) that come 10 years time, the UK will follow what the US does.
Cause for Concern – Fatal Car Accidents and Drug Taking?
As fatal accident claim solicitors specialising in this area, we consider that what happens in America will happen in the UK. The report suggests that there were over 35,000 deaths due to road accidents. A third of those drivers who died behind the wheel tested positive for some form of drug taking.
Marijuana – The Drug for Drivers?
The drug that most drivers that were killed behind the wheel in a fatal car accident claim had taken marijuana in some form or another. The next most common drug was amphetamine which showed up in about 9% of those deaths.
Should Marijuana be Legalised?
The report suggests that the rise in the number of fatal car accident claims due to drug taking coincided with the legalisation of the drug for recreational or medical use in more than 50% of the states in America.
The are calls in the UK for this drug to be legalised and perhaps this is one form of evidence that suggests that before we consider going down this road, more studies and safeguards should be considered.