There has been a rising trend in teen marijuana use as well as marijuana-impaired driving accidents in Florida and throughout this nation. According to a recent Youth Risk Behavior Survey, youth and teen use of marijuana is increasing because there is a decrease in the perception that marijuana causes harm.

This belief is likely due to many actors smoking pot in movies and television shows and the confusion over states legalizing medical marijuana. Because of these facts, many teens don’t feel that marijuana poses any harm. This is why many teenagers get behind the wheel after getting high.

Parents May Be Able to Help Reduce Teen Marijuana Use

If parents talk to their teens about the facts regarding getting high on marijuana and driving, then they may be able to help reduce the chances of their teens causing a Sarasota car accident. Some facts regarding marijuana-impaired driving:

  • Driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs – marijuana causes more traffic accidents in Florida and throughout this nation than any other drug besides alcohol. Many teens think a DUI only refers to drunk driving, but the term is also used for drugged driving.
  • Driving under the influence of marijuana – a teen can lose his or her license, get fined and even go to jail if he or she caused a fatal Sarasota auto accident while driving high. Driving under the influence of marijuana is illegal.
  • Link between marijuana use and mental disorders – parents can show their teens studies that link teen mental disorders to marijuana use.

If a teen driver has caused your Sarasota car accident injuries, you may be entitled to compensation if the teen driver was high, reckless or negligent. Find out more about your rights by talking with a skilled Sarasota car accident attorney at Mallard Perez in a free consultation at (888) 409-3805 today. 
Damian Mallard, Esq.
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