With the recent legalization of marijuana in Michigan, drivers now have an additional thing to worry about when they take to the road: drugged driving. While many individuals are familiar with the dangers posed by drunk driving, many don't realize the full affects of drugged driving. However, drugged driving can be just as dangerous if not more so than drunk driving.The affect a drug has on an individual's ability to drive safely, of course, depends on the drug involved. For example, heroin and other opiates can cause extreme drowsiness and memory problems. Therefore, an individual who has taken hydrocodone or injected heroin will likely have trouble staying awake behind the wheel. Softer drugs, though, like marijuana are not any safer. In fact, marijuana can cause slowed reaction times as well as impaired judgment and a distorted sense of time and space. This can cause a motorist to fail to stop at a stop sign or stoplight, or he or she may fail to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk. Either way, the dangers are very real.The terrifying reality is that drugged driving is becoming much more common, too. In 2017 alone nearly 13 million people over the age of 16 admitted to driving while under the influence of illicit substances. Many fear is that the legalization of marijuana will contribute to this growing problem. However, only time will tell just how big of a problem drug driving will be now that marijuana has been legalized.Those injured in an automobile accident can face very significant consequences. The damages inflicted upon them can be wide-reaching and long-lasting. Their losses can be physical, emotional, and financial in nature. When an injurious accident leaves an individual hurt, and that accident was caused by the negligence of another, then legal action may be justified. Personal injury attorney stand ready to help these victims.
Semi-trucks are an important part of the nation's economy. These big rigs and their drivers are tasked with transporting vast amounts of goods and services from place-to-place, thereby ensuring that manufacturers, suppliers and consumers are well-supplied. As a result, semi-trucks are prevalent on Michigan's roadways. Motorists who find themselves intimidated by these massive vehicles have good cause. After all, an error in driving a semi-truck can result in a serious truck accident that can leave victims seriously injured or killed.
It does not take a genius to recognize that Michigan distracted driving is a prevalent problem. Any of these distractions can significantly increase the chances of being involved in a car accident. Sadly, innocent individuals are caught in the middle of this dangerous driving and are often forced to face the consequences.
Recently on the blog we discussed the pervasiveness of distracted driving. Sadly, far too many Michiganders engage in other activities while driving, which significantly increases the chances that they will be involved in a serious car accident. Those innocent motorists and pedestrians who are affected by these wrecks can be left with extensive injuries that can be painful to cope with and expensive to treat. In addition, these victims may find themselves on uncertain financial footing when they are unable to work. The emotional turmoil unfairly thrust upon them can be devastating, too.
If a Michigan resident has ever been involved in an accident, then they understand the stress. We are all aware of car accidents and their prevalence, but we rarely, if ever, think that they could happen to us. And, when they do, we often find ourselves unsure of what to do in the immediate aftermath of a crash.
If a Michigander were to get in their car and drive for a half an hour, the chances are high that they would encounter multiple individuals who have taken their eyes off of the road to look at their cell phone. Sadly, this is the new reality. Motorists are often distracted by their cell phones, thereby putting innocent and unsuspecting motorists at risk of being involved in a car accident.
If Michiganders get nervous when they drive near semi-trucks, they are not alone. These big rigs can be intimidating, primarily because their massive size can cause immense devastation when they are involved in an accident. Due to the risk associated with these vehicles, truckers obtain education and training to better prepare them to drive them safely. Unfortunately, some of the finer points of safe driving are often forgotten.
Young drivers have quite a bit to learn when they first get behind the wheel. Not only are they supposed to actively incorporate the rules of the road, they must understand the importance of safety regulations (both written and unwritten). An example is the need to check one’s blind spot. Indeed, it may be a foreign concept for a new driver, but if this simple step is missed, it could spell disaster.