Particularly in a state like Colorado, where the recreational use of marijuana is legal, many people likely commemorated the past April 20 as the High Holiday. While still thought of as a countercultural celebration, many people, particularly young people, choose to smoke marijuana on April 20.
According to a relatively recent study, from April 2018, the holiday carries with it an increased risk for fatal motor vehicle accidents. Of course, it is too early to tell whether this trend held true for the past April 20.
Specifically, when studying the number of accidents and fatalities around April 20 for the last 25 years, that is, during the time in which the observation gained popularity, the authors of the study determined that one’s risk of being involved in a deadly car accident spiked around April 20, by about 12% when compared with other days surrounding the commemoration. The authors compared the increased risk with that seen on the Sunday night of the Super Bowl.
The results are not terribly surprising since studies show a motorist who is under the influence of marijuana will likely have a hard time driving safely. Specifically, high drivers tend to react slowly to dangers on the road and also have a difficult time maintaining a consistent speed. They are also more prone to unexplained weaving.
Despite the risks, however, many people in Colorado and around the country continue to drive while under the influence of marijuana.
Those who happen to have been injured in an accident around April 20 may have every reason to suspect drugged driving. These victims should remember that they could have legal options available to them for pursuing compensation for their injuries.