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Does High Trucker Turnover Mean Unsafe Roads? Truck Accident Lawyer Discusses

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Every industry has its ups and downs when it comes to employment. However, the trucking industry has been hit particularly hard by high turnover rates. In fact, driver turnover rates have soared as high as 106 percent in recent years. As one report states, truck driver turnover rates have remained at 90 percent or higher since 2012.

According to the chief economist for the American Trucking Association, “The driver shortage — which we now estimate to be between 35,000 to 40,000 drivers — is getting more pervasive in the truckload sector.”

Reports also state that “high turnover also makes it difficult for fleets to operate efficiently, maximize utilization of tractors and trailers and meet customers’ service expectations.”

A shortage of truck drivers like this also means more dangers could be lurking on the roads.

If trucking companies can’t find drivers that meet their qualifications, there is a real risk that they’ll accept poorly qualified or unqualified candidates in an effort to fill their fleet and keep their businesses afloat. And this is a very real and dangerous practice for drivers.

Unskilled Truck Drivers Are a Major Safety Threat

All too often, unskilled truckers cause serious accidents due to their skill level. As the Chicago Tribune reported, state and federal officials were investigating an incident involving an unskilled trucker — and preparing to send a letter requiring him to retake his driving courses — when he was killed in a truck crash.

Trucking is considered one of the deadliest jobs in the country. According to statistics from the U.S. Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, truck driver fatalities have increased by 11.2 percent over the last five years.

“Increased reliance on trucking to transport goods, including demand for rapid delivery created by the rise of online shopping, is putting more truck drivers on the road. This has contributed to higher incident rates for accidents and driver deaths…”

But if there aren’t enough truck drivers to fill the spots open now, how will the industry fill an expanding pool of job openings? This is a question that troubles many trucking safety experts and drivers alike.

Texas Truck Accident Lawyer Amy Witherite Discusses Trucking Safety

Amy Witherite of 1-800-Truck-Wreck ®, a Texas truck wreck Law Firm states: “Trucking is a dangerous occupation. It can also involve tough working conditions, such as extended periods of time away from home and family. For this reason, many people who might be interested in trucking turn away from trucking as a career path. Increasingly, carrier companies are forced to accept applicants who may not be truly qualified. This is a serious problem for the safety of our roads and for the motorists who use them every day.”   

If you’ve been injured in a commercial truck crash, or you have lost someone you love in a truck accident, compassionate and experienced legal help is available today. Contact a Texas truck accident lawyer right away to discuss your rights and options.


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How Much Money Do You Get For Wrongful Imprisonment?

Dallas, Texas, 07/17/2017 /SubmitPressRelease123/

For many people, their worst nightmare is the idea of being locked up for a crime they didn’t commit. Sadly, wrongful convictions happen — and more often than you might think. In 2015, there were 149 exonerations in the United States. In 2014, there were 139. Furthermore, the average time in prison for exoneration individuals is 14 years. Studies shows that about 1 in 25 people on death row in the U.S. are likely innocent.

This begs the question: Shouldn’t the law compensate people who are put behind bars for crimes they didn’t commit? How much money do you get for wrongful imprisonment?

The answer depends on where you live, along with a variety of other factors. It goes without saying that if you’ve been convicted of a crime you didn’t commit, you should get in touch with a Texas criminal appeals lawyer.  

Compensation for Wrongful Conviction in Texas

Texas state law provides compensation for individuals who have been wrongfully convicted. Additionally, the law gives the exonerated the right to receive free group health insurance. To qualify for compensation, the person must be found innocent and must also have served all or at least some portion of the prison sentence.

Anyone wrongfully convicted of a crime in Texas and later exonerated is entitled to $80,000 per year for every year served in prison. Compared to other states with similar laws, Texas awards the most compensation to those who are wrongfully convicted and later exonerated. Some states, such as Wisconsin, pay as little as $5,000 per year. At the federal level, the exonerated are entitled to $50,000 per year in compensation for a wrongful conviction.  

There is an exception in the Texas statute, however. If you were serving a concurrent sentence for a separate criminal conviction, you aren’t entitled to compensation for any years that overlap with your wrongful conviction. Additionally, people who are later found innocent of a crime are entitled to get $25,000 for every year they served parole or were forced to register as a sex offender.

There is also a retirement benefit for people who are later found innocent of criminal wrongdoing. The statute provides that people who are exonerated of crimes receive an annuity for their lifetime.

Some States Don’t Pay Compensation to the Innocent

Interestingly, “how much money do you get for wrongful imprisonment?” isn’t a question you can ask in every state. NPR did a report on which states pay money to the wrongfully convicted. You might be shocked to learn that 21 states pay nothing to those who are put behind bars for crimes they didn’t commit. In those states, the wrongfully convicted must sue the state in civil court for damages.    

Were You Wrongfully Convicted? You Can Appeal Your Case

If you’ve been convicted of a crime you didn’t commit, your case is not hopeless. You can appeal your conviction, but the outcome of your case depends on the skill and experience of your lawyers. Contact a Texas criminal appeals lawyer as soon as possible to explore your options.


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Retail Stores Need To Keep Floors Safe Says Philadelphia Slip And Fall Lawyer

Philadelphia, PA, USA, 07/17/2017 /SubmitPressRelease123/

If you’re a customer of a retail store or work for a contractor performing work at one store management has an obligation to keep you safe. Stores often have a lot of floor space and slips and fall accidents are not uncommon. Sometimes, Philadelphia slip and fall accident lawyer Rand Spear says, injuries caused by such a fall are serious.

An Allegheny County jury took a plaintiff injured due to a slip and fall on a Target floor seriously. It awarded $2.1 million in damages to Melissa Horton in March. She tore her hamstring after slipping on a wet floor, reports the Legal Intelligencer. It took the jury a day to decide after sitting through a three and a half day trial. The award included $1.4 million for past noneconomic damages and $700,000 for future noneconomic damages.

Horton states she suffered her injury after slipping and falling on a recently mopped floor in an Allegheny County Target in December 2013. When she entered the store a soda bottle fell off a shelf, spilling on the store’s main aisle. Employees mopped the area and placed warning cones around the spill. Horton claimed Target employees “carelessly” mopped the floor far outside the area where the cones were placed.

Horton said she walked cautiously around the spill area but once outside it she slipped, causing her to drop into a split. She ripped her right hamstring out of her hip socket, had surgery and spent a period of time in a body brace that immobilized her right leg. Target’s attorneys claimed Horton injured herself after she failed to heed clear warnings about the wet floor.

This type of case would normally be based on negligence law. The plaintiff, or injured victim would have the burden of proving that:

The store owed the plaintiff a duty of care

The store breached that duty of care

The breach caused the accident and resulting injuries, and damages resulted.

Under Pennsylvania law a retail customer is considered an “invitee” (or one entering a property after an express or implied invitation of the property owner). Liability would be based on establishing that the physical harm to the invitee was caused by a condition of the property and that store management:

Knew or by using reasonable care would discover the condition

Should’ve understood it involved an unreasonable risk to invitees

Should’ve expected invitees wouldn’t discover or realize the danger, or they will fail to protect themselves against it, and failed to use reasonable care to protect invitees against the danger.

Invitees are owed a duty of ordinary care and maintenance of the property which may include a duty to regularly inspect the property to find dangerous conditions.

If you or a loved one were injured after a slip and fall at a retail store, don’t wait to speak to a personal injury lawyer about your case. Protect your rights, visit us on the web or call Philadelphia and New Jersey slip and fall lawyer Rand Spear today at 877-GET-RAND.

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Summit Behavioral Health’s Director To Appear At Recovery 360 Conference

New Jersey, 07/17/2017 /SubmitPressRelease123/

Summit Behavioral Health is proud to announce that Executive Director of Medical Services  Dr. Patricia Allen will be a presenter at Recovery 360 Conference Sponsored by Pyramid Healthcare that takes place from July 20 to July 21 at the Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill Hotel in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Allen’s presentation will cover innovative testing methods for patients who suffer from both a mental health disorder and a substance abuse disorder, commonly known as co-occurring disorders.

“I am honored to be included among the speakers at Recovery 360,” stated Dr. Allen. “The presenters for the conference are an impressive collection of healthcare professionals, doctors, nurses, counselors and social workers. Behavioral healthcare deserves this kind of gathering so that we can hear a variety of viewpoints, and learn new methods to improve our caregiving.”

The Recovery 360 Conference is the first of its kind, a gathering of behavioral healthcare specialties that includes mental health, addiction and eating disorder treatment. It offers seminars, 10 hours of continuing education, and multiple networking opportunities. The conference is hosted by Pyramid Healthcare, a rehabilitation center in Pennsylvania that provides treatment for adults and teens suffering from mental health disorders, substance abuse issues and all phases of addiction.

Dr. Allen’s presentation will focus on three main learning objectives:

Applying the principles of evidence-based practice and cost effectiveness in the utilization of genetic testing in the treatment of a client with co-occurring disorders.

Determining the relationship between the use of pharmacogenetics results and treatment engagement outcomes for those with co-occurring disorders.

Describing ways in which genetic testing can empower the client and support sobriety and resiliency within the co-occurring population. 

Dr. Allen, who is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner was a presenter at the recent Cape Cod Symposium on Addictive Disorders, and the Annual Conference of the American Psychiatric Nurse’s Association, discussing issues related to pharmacogenetics and medication-assisted treatment for patients with co-occurring disorders. She was also a presenter at the NEI Psychopharmacology Congress.

In her role as Executive Director of Medical Services at Summit Behavioral Health, Dr. Allen evaluates the treatment of patients in detox and also supervises the Intensive Outpatient programs. She is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, the American Psychiatric Nurses Association and the International Nurses’ Society on Addiction.


Summit Behavioral Health is an addiction treatment center that offers drug and alcohol medical detox, inpatient treatment in a residential facility, and intensive and non-intensive outpatient treatment for patients who have successfully completed the residential program. Summit’s integrative treatment combines cognitive-behavioral and emotion-based therapy techniques with 12-step facilitation and relapse prevention.

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Will Smoking Disappear By 2050?

New Jersey, 07/14/2017 /SubmitPressRelease123/

Anyone who has ever tried to give up smoking knows it can be an especially difficult challenge. Because research shows that smoking and drinking alcohol often go hand in hand, it’s important for people who wish to stop drinking to also make an effort to give up cigarettes. Stopping smoking is one of the best things you can do for your health.

Data from the CDC shows that the number of people who smoke cigarettes has declined dramatically in recent years. In fact, if rates continue to drop, researchers think smoking could completely disappear by 2050.

How Many Americans Smoke?

In 2005, about 21 percent of the U.S. population smoked cigarettes. In 2014, that number had dropped to 16.8 percent. The dean of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health says less than 15 percent of the American population smokes. Furthermore, this trend spans all age groups, ethnicities, and socioeconomic backgrounds. No matter who you are or what community you live in, you’re less likely to smoke than your parents or grandparents.

These shrinking numbers are actually quite astonishing when you consider that even just a generation or two ago, a majority of people in the country smoked. In the UK in the 1950s, for example, 80 percent of the population smoked. Tobacco companies marketed their products as macho, rugged, and even healthful. Obviously, we know today that cigarettes cause lung cancer, but past generations didn’t have that information.

Tips for Kicking Your Nicotine Habit

Are you addicted to nicotine? Like any other addiction, nicotine can be conquered. And like other types of addiction, what works for one person may not necessarily work for another. Fortunately, Once you’ve kicked your smoking habit, you may even find that addressing your addiction to alcohol or drugs is easier. Here are some top tips for stopping smoking.

Get motivated – Find a good reason to quit, whether it’s saving money, getting healthier, or having better-looking skin.

Accept that you have an addiction – Quitting cold turkey works for some, but many people find that just stopping sets them up for relapse. Chances are you’ll need to address your nicotine addiction in stages.

Get a support person – Tell people close to you that you want to stop smoking. The support of your loved ones can make a big difference.

Don’t be afraid to fail – Relapse happens, and it’s okay. If you have a “cheat day” or pick up cigarettes again, this doesn’t mean you’re doomed to fail. It’s okay to try quitting again when you’re ready.

Other Resources for you:

To learn more about Teen Drug Use in our previous blog post

Read our blog post: Are Cigarettes A Gateway Drug?

Contact Summit Behavioral Health Today

Summit Behavioral Health provides people with the resources they need to address their addictions. Whether you’re struggling with alcohol abuse disorder or an addiction to prescription drugs or street drugs, our behavioral health professionals can help you. Call us today at 1-844-643-3869 to speak to a substance abuse expert about treatment options for you or someone you love.


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Drivers Forced To Break Rules Says Philadelphia Truck Accident Lawyer Rand Spear

Philadelphia, PA, USA, 07/13/2017 /SubmitPressRelease123/

An exhausted truck driver is a dangerous truck driver. Anyone driving without enough rest will be easily distracted, likely to become angry and may fall asleep behind the wheel. An investigation by USA Today found that many truck drivers are on the road much longer than allowed by federal regulations in order to make payments on “lease to own” contracts with trucking companies. These arrangements threaten the lives of the drivers and others on the road says Philadelphia truck accident lawyer Rand Spear.

The newspaper focused on trucking companies serving the ports in and around Los Angeles and found many took advantage of truck drivers, many of whom don’t speak English, who want to own their own truck. Many drivers, who the companies considered independent contractors – not employees, are virtually held financial hostages by these contracts. In order to keep up the payments drivers often violated federal rules meant to keep drivers rested and alert which state they can drive up to 11 hours after having ten hours off.

The newspaper obtained copies of contracts, reviewed evidence submitted as part of California wage claims and interviewed drivers. They found that:

One driver often drove more than 16 hours straight each day, rarely saw his family, slept in his truck and after paying for the truck earned as little as 67 cents a week. After the truck he leased broke down and he couldn’t afford repairs, the driver was fired, the truck was seized and the $78,000 paid towards owning the truck was lost.

Trucking companies compel drivers to work up to 20 hours a day by threatening to take their trucks and keep the money they paid toward buying them. Management created fear in drivers by firing or suspending them without pay or assigning them the poorest paying routes.

To keep drivers working a few companies physically prevented them from going home. One driver testified that more than once he came back after a full day’s work and found the gate of the parking lot locked and a manager ordered drivers back to work.

Drivers at several companies claim they had no choice but to break federal safety laws limiting their time on the road. Drivers at Pacific 9 Transportation testified that their managers dispatched truckers up to 20 hours a day and wouldn’t pay them unless they falsified reports tracking driving hours. Hundreds of these port truckers have been involved in accidents from 2013 to 2015, causing more than 20 fatalities.

Trucking companies charged drivers for lease payments and expenses such as insurance and fuel. Some companies billed truckers parking fees to use the company lot and one company, Fargo Trucking, charged $2 each week for toilet paper and other supplies.

Though truck drivers need to comply with applicable rules and drive safely, there are many trucking companies willing to exploit people desperate to work and will break the law in order to make a profit. This situation is an accident waiting to happen, one that some trucking companies see as the cost of doing business.

Have you been injured in an accident involving a commercial truck? If so, don’t wait to speak to a personal injury lawyer about your case. Protect your rights by visiting us on the web or by calling New Jersey and Philadelphia truck accident lawyer Rand Spear now at 877-GET-RAND.


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Zara Charity In Need Of Funding To Support Tanzania Preschools And Orphanages

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Zara Charity invites visitors to Tanzania to help support projects across the community while experiencing some of the most fantastic adventures and sights in the world.

A nonprofit and partner of the world-class safari and trekking company Zara Tours, Zara Charity was created to better give back to the communities of East Africa. Some of the foundation’s projects that are currently in need of funding include the sponsor a child program, which helps to connect visitors with their own opportunities to make a difference in the life of a child.

The charity’s special Buy a Brick for Ngorongoro pre-school program helps to house children in need, and the construction of a Ngorongoro preschool hopes to provide huge advancements for children given the chance to attend preschool in their earlier years.

Zara Charity is also responsible for assisting up and coming business owners with financial management and entrepreneurial skills. Continuing education and English classes allow those interested in learning and increasing their opportunities to benefit from the programs.

Travelers and interested people from around the world can contribute to and invest in the people of Tanzania, from early childhood all the way through adulthood. Contact  Zara Charity for information and to donate.

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ZARA TOURS, founded in 1987, is Tanzania’s unrivaled No 1 Kilimanjaro trekking company and one of the largest safari operators in the region. Zara Tours organizes full-service travel experiences in Tanzania; and provides various choices of safaris, and climbs of Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Meru, and expeditions in Zanzibar. Zara Tours owns and operates two hotels, two lodges and four tented camps in the northern circuit of Tanzania. Zara Tours provides airport transfer, city-to-city transfer, VIP and regular tour services, to groups and corporations from all over the world. Zara offers additional experiences in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, and Ethiopia. The company owns 102, 4×4 Land Rovers, 4×4 mini buses, and 4×4 Land Cruisers (all equipped with viewing roofs). The company’s 88 registered Kilimanjaro tour guides speak English, German, French, and Spanish. ZARA TOURS also runs ZARA Charity, which plays a vital role in the local community by supporting vulnerable groups such as orphans, the Maasai women’s group, and more.

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Dallas Immigration Crime Defense Lawyer Explains Kate’s Law

Dallas, TX, USA, 07/13/2017 /SubmitPressRelease123/

Kate’s Law is a bill in Congress named after Kate Steinle, a young woman who was senselessly murdered in San Francisco by a man with a long and serious criminal history, who had been previously deported from the United States, and who had returned multiple times.  Kate’s Law has passed the House of Representatives, but it must also pass the Senate and be signed by the President in order to become law. It is expected to be difficult for the bill to pass the Senate, reports John Helms a Dallas immigration crime defense lawyer.

You may have heard that it makes penalties for immigration crimes “tougher.” It actually applies only to the crime of illegal reentry after deportation. It is designed to deter people who have been previously deported, like the man who murdered Kate Steinle, from coming back.

Here is what the bill, in its current form, actually does:

1.  Increases the MAXIMUM prison term for people who have been deported and reenter the United States after having committed certain types of crimes.

The maximum prison term is the longest prison term the law allows for conviction of a crime–in this case, the crime of illegal reentry after deportation. Based on my experience, these aspects will have little effect unless the United States Sentencing Commission changes the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. This is because the recommended range of punishment under the current Sentencing Guidelines for these categories is usually less than the CURRENT maximum penalty. Therefore, raising the maximum penalty will not affect most sentences for this category.

2.  It provides a ten-year sentence for terrorists who have been deported and returned to the United States, which is added onto the sentence for any other crime. This provision applies to someone who was previously removed or deported on the basis of involvement with terrorism. I do not know what the actual numbers are, but prosecutions for terrorists reentering the United States are very rare, and judges already have tools to deal with this situation. I do not think this provision adds much other than something politicians can use to say they are tough on terrorism.

3.  It provides a mandatory minimum sentence (the least you can get) of 5 years in prison for those who have been convicted of illegal reentry twice before. Again, this is not much of a change in practice, because the number of people who are CONVICTED of the federal crime of illegal reentry after deportation (as opposed to just being deported) three times is very low. Also, under the current law, people who are convicted three times will likely get a sentence in the five-year range or higher anyway.

4.  It provides a mandatory minimum sentence (the least you can get) of 5 years for people who illegally reenter the United States after having been convicted of an “aggravated felony.” This part is likely to be the biggest change and to be the most controversial. This is because the term “aggravated felony” in the immigration context is much broader than it sounds and because it is a vague and confusing term. The United States Sentencing Guidelines define “aggravated felony” in a more clear and logical way than the Immigration and Nationality Act. From the current text of the Kate’s Law bill, the five-year mandatory minimum sentence will apply to “aggravated felonies” as defined by the Immigration and Nationality Act.

As I mentioned before, despite its name, Kate’s Law is not actually a law yet. Therefore, it should not affect people who have already been charged with illegal reentry after deportation. It should only affect people who are charged after it becomes a law and goes into effect, if it ever does.

For the most part, even if it does become law, in its current form, Kate’s Law is unlikely to have a significant effect on most people charged with illegal reentry unless they have a serious prior criminal conviction.

The criminal immigration laws are very complicated, and they change often. This article has been a very general overview, and anyone who is charged with illegal reentry should hire a lawyer who has substantial experience in this area in order to protect his or her rights. Call 214-666-8010 or contact Dallas immigration crime defense lawyer John Helms on the web if you or someone you know is charged with the immigration crime of illegal reentry.


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Teen Drivers Pose Risk To Others Says Boca Car Accident Lawyer Joe Osborne

Boca Raton, FL, USA, 07/13/2017 /SubmitPressRelease123/

We learn by doing and unfortunately driving is potentially a very dangerous thing to do. Teens learning to drive, if not properly educated, supervised and mature enough to handle it can cause car accidents that can result in serious injuries and deaths to themselves and others. Boca car accident lawyer Joe Osborne says the early years of driving are hazardous to all those on the road.

A 14-year-old passenger was killed and two other teens were injured, including the 17 year old driver, in a crash on Florida’s Turnpike in southwest Miami-Dade last month, according to NBC6. The Florida Highway Patrol reports that the vehicle was traveling on Florida’s Turnpike Extension when the driver lost control and the vehicle traveled onto grass, the driver over corrected the steering, the vehicle slid on wet grass and struck a palm tree, spun and struck another palm tree.

A teenage girl was killed and eight others were injured in a vehicle accident in Pinellas County in March reports WFLA. According to witnesses a Dodge sedan ran a red light and struck a pickup truck at an intersection in Clearwater. The car then burst into flames. Passengers in the car were pulled out but the 18 year old driver was trapped in the car. Police stated they believe alcohol played a role in the accident.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety/Highway Loss Data Institute reports that, of all age groups teens drive less than all others except the oldest drivers, but the number of accidents and crash related deaths for teens are disproportionately high. The rates of overall crashes and crashes resulting in fatalities per mile driven for 16 to 17 year olds is about three times higher than the rates for drivers twenty and older.

Sixteen year old drivers have the highest risk of accidents, about three times higher than those 18 and 19 years old. Teenagers’ crash and near-crash rates during the first 18 months after receiving licenses are almost four times the rates of adults.

There are many reasons for teens’ bad driving but generally younger drivers are more likely to overestimate their driving abilities while underestimating the dangers of driving. Crash rates for young drivers are high mainly due to immaturity and driving inexperience. Immaturity shows itself through risky driving including speeding and their lack of experience makes it difficult for them to realize and respond to potential hazards.

Accidents involving teen drivers have a high rate of alcohol involvement. In 2014 about 26% of fatally-injured drivers ages 16 to 19 tested positive for alcohol. Though young drivers are less likely than adults to drive after drinking alcohol, their crash risk is much higher if they do.

The good news is that as bad as the situation is, it’s improving over time. The number of those aged 13 to 19 who were killed in vehicle accidents was 8,748 in 1975 but 2,623 in 2014, a decline of 70%. From 1996 to 2014 teen crash deaths declined by 55% (from 5,819 to 2,623).

If you have a teen driver in your family you need to educate them about the dangers of not driving responsibly and instill in them the importance of focusing on driving and avoiding drinking and driving.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident caused by a teen driver, contact Boca car accident lawyer Joe Osborne at (561) 800-4011 or fill out this online contact form. You can discuss your case, how the law may apply and your best legal options to protect your rights and obtain compensation for your injuries.

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Marijuana Use Increases The Risk Of Fatal Car Accidents

New Jersey, 07/12/2017 /SubmitPressRelease123/

Even short-term marijuana use can be deadly on the road

Everyone knows — or should know — that getting behind the wheel after consuming alcohol is dangerous. Now, a new study shows that smoking marijuana before you drive increases your risk of being involved in a fatal car accident. The study also reveals that even short-term marijuana use can be deadly on the road, especially when it’s combined with alcohol consumption.

Study Says Pot [Cannabis] & Alcohol Are a Deadly Combo

The study, which was published by the Columbia University Mailman School of Public health, looked at 14,742 motorists who were at fault in accidents, as well as the same number of drivers who were not responsible for the crash. The study analyzed data from 1993 through 2014 and found that among 28 percent of at-fault motorists tested positive for alcohol, 10 percent tested positive for marijuana, and four percent had both in their systems.

Driving Under The Influence Of Marijuana

“Many different activities can impair one’s driving, such as being under the influence of alcohol or constantly looking at a smartphone. Using marijuana prior to or during driving is certainly one of those dangerous factors, as well. Marijuana usually slows down the user’s perception of depth, time, motion and sounds. It also impairs coordination and concentration.” Source

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Among motorists who weren’t to blame for their accidents, 10 percent tested positive for alcohol, six percent for marijuana, and just one percent for both alcohol and marijuana.

According to this data, people who tested positive for both alcohol and marijuana were six times more likely to die in a car accident. Researchers also found that testing positive for marijuana makes an individual 62 percent more likely to be responsible for causing a crash.

Furthermore, recent marijuana use — such as use occurring within a few hours of driving — impairs motor skills and reaction time, which makes a person more likely to get into an accident in the first place.

Side Effects of Pot / Marijuana (Cannabis)

So far, lawmakers have legalized marijuana for medical use in 28 states and the District of Columbia. No matter where you live, it’s important to be aware of the side effects of marijuana use.

In the short-term, marijuana can cause memory loss, anxiety, paranoia, panic, increased heart rate, and hallucinations. It also increases a person’s risk of stroke and decreases coordination.

Over time, prolonged marijuana use lowers IQ, impairs thinking, and often leads users to explore other types of drugs. Many marijuana users report pot being a gateway drug to harsher substances, such as cocaine and heroin. Contrary to what some people think, marijuana is also addictive. After a time, the brain becomes used to the chemicals contained in marijuana, which means users must smoke or consume more to achieve a high.

Other Resources for you

1. To learn more about The Risk of Addiction for College Students Previous blog post

2. Read our blog post: 10 Compelling Facts About Teen Drug Use


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