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Driving High Versus Driving Drunk — Is There a Difference?

Man driving with a marijuana joint in his hand

There are many debates about legalizing marijuana for recreational use. In Connecticut and many other states, recreational cannabis is legal. While the pros and cons of legalizing marijuana are vast and varied, one often overlooked concern is the impact that the drug can have on driving.

Drunk driving has long been considered the biggest threat to drivers on the road, while it remains a common misconception that driving while high is less dangerous. In fact, driving while high can present similar dangers as driving drunk.

Similarities Between Driving Drunk and High

Both alcohol and marijuana impact your ability to drive a vehicle safely. When drunk, your reflexes are slower and your coordination is impaired. Driving high can also impair your reflexes and coordination. Both alcohol and marijuana also affect your ability to pay attention and make smart decisions.

Differences Between Driving Drunk and High

There are some key differences between drunk driving and driving high. When drunk, you may be unable to make good decisions because you are impaired. Driving high can also impair your judgment. In particular, marijuana can cause paranoia and anxiety, making driving even more difficult. While drunk drivers tend to go faster and take more risks, drivers high on marijuana are likely to drive slow, be unreasonably cautious, and overreact to situations on the road.

How Can I Tell if a Driver is Drunk or High?

If you are injured in an accident, it can be difficult to know if the other driver was drunk or high. However, some indicators may suggest that the driver was under the influence. If the driver is exhibiting signs of intoxication, such as slurred speech or impaired coordination, they are likely drunk. If the driver seems to be paranoid or confused, they might be under the influence of marijuana. If the accident was serious, the police will likely investigate and may be able to determine if the driver was drunk or high.

Injured by a Drunk or High Driver?

No matter the cause of an accident, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible if you are injured. Additionally, contact the Connecticut personal injury attorneys at RisCassi & Davis, P.C. to discuss your case. Our dedicated team can help you investigate the accident and determine if the other driver was drunk or high. We can also help you recover compensation for your injuries.

Reach out to RisCassi & Davis, P.C. online or by phone so we can fight for you. (860) 245-2412

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