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The Effects of Alcohol and Marijuana on Accidents

May 26, 2021 | Category: DUI

On June 3, 2021, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released preliminary estimates of crash fatalities in 2020 involving motor vehicle occupants, motorcyclists, pedestrians, and bicyclists. NHTSA’s early estimates show 38,680 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes. Some of these fatalities are the result of drivers using alcohol and marijuana.

The Effects of Alcohol and Marijuana on AccidentsU.S. government data shows that alcohol and marijuana are the most widely used drugs in the United States - 139.8 million people aged 12 or older reported drinking alcohol in the past month, and 43.5 million reported using marijuana in the past year. Eighteen states and Washington, D.C. have legalized marijuana for recreational use.  Thirteen state legislatures are considering medical or adult-use marijuana legalization bills in 2021.

When drivers use alcohol and marijuana then drive, they are some of the most dangerous drivers on our roads, according to American Automobile Association (AAA) data. These drivers are more likely to speed, text, intentionally run red lights, and drive aggressively than those who do not drive under the influence of alcohol and marijuana. 

“These data show the alarming impact of alcohol and marijuana use on the choices drivers make when they get behind the wheel,” said Jake Nelson, AAA’s Director of Traffic Safety Advocacy and Research. “From choosing to drive while impaired, and speeding, to driving distracted or running red lights, using these two drugs leads to poor decision-making with potentially fatal consequences.”

“Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs is dangerous and unlawful. We have seen the devastation caused to innocent victims and their families. If you or a loved one is injured in a vehicle accident caused by a drunk and/or drugged driver, please contact our experienced drunk driving accident victim team after seeking medical attention. We represent people involved in numerous types of personal injury and wrongful death accidents throughout the state of Florida. All of our clients have unique personal injury cases. Our firm provides personal contact and communication along with aggressive representation. We are available 24/7, and there are no costs or attorney fees until we receive a monetary recovery for you. Please go to Testimonials to see what clients have to say about our services. When you or a loved one has been seriously injured or killed, you need someone who will pay close attention to your needs as your case progresses. I will personally handle your case,” said Fort Myers Drunk Driving Accident Attorney Randall Spivey.


Fort Myers Drunk Driving Accident Attorney Randall L. Spivey is a Board Certified Trial Attorney – the highest recognition for competence bestowed by the Florida Bar and a distinction earned by just one percent (1%) of Florida attorneys.  He has handled over 2,000 personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout Florida.  For a free and confidential consultation to discuss your legal rights, contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A., in Lee County at 239.337.7483 or toll-free at 1.888.477.4839, or by email to  Visit for more information.  You can contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. in Charlotte County at 941.764.7748 and in Collier County at 239.793.7748.





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