November, 2016 | Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie Blog Archive
In the mobile world we live in today, it’s impossible not to hear about the dangers of using a cell phone or texting while driving. What you might not know is the level of danger involved when walking and texting and the staggering increase of related personal injury accidents.
Pedestrian accidents are often caused due to a decreased level of attentiveness happening while walking and using cell phones. Pedestrians actually do not always have the right-of-way and they have a duty and obligation to pay attention and watch where they are walking.
California’s recent legalization of marijuana poses many questions and concerns regarding driver safety. There are many arguments, both pro and con on this controversial issue, but some of the biggest and most glaring concerns are how marijuana actually affects a driver’s ability to drive safely.
Since the State of Washington legalized marijuana in 2012, the percentage of drivers involved in fatal crashes (and who recently used marijuana), more than doubled. Up from 8% in 2013 to 17% in 2014, these stats are staggering as they indicate one out of six Washington drivers who were involved in fatal crashes tested positive for marijuana. After the State of Colorado legalized marijuana in 2013, another compelling statistic is traffic-related marijuana deaths increased by 48%.
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