Getting on your motorcycle after using marijuana is already dangerous. When you add alcohol to the mix, it becomes downright deadly.

Alcohol and Marijuana: A Combination That Can Leave You in Danger

Year after year, alcohol continues to be a major contributor to motorcycle accident fatalities. Bikers who drink alcohol before getting on their motorcycles often make the wrong decisions and cause deadly crashes between them and other vehicles. Now, there’s another substance that drivers should know about that can cause even more problems: marijuana.

Recreational marijuana use has been decriminalized in Washington State and as a result, residents are more likely to use before they get on the road. They may also use both alcohol and marijuana, which when taken together, are extremely dangerous.

How Alcohol Increases the Effects of Marijuana

Getting on your bike after you’ve used marijuana increases your chances of getting into an accident, as it clouds your judgment and reduces reaction time. These effects can become even more pronounced when alcohol is also in your system. Consider the following facts:

  • More crashes occur. The United States Department of Transportation studied 1,882 motor vehicle deaths and found an increased accident risk of .07 for cannabis use, 7.4 for alcohol use, and 8.4 for cannabis and alcohol use combined.
  • Marijuana becomes more potent with alcohol. Researchers found that when alcohol and marijuana are used together, the median maximum blood concentrations for low and high tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) increase dramatically. This means that the effects of marijuana become greater when people also consume alcohol.

You Need an Experienced Attorney on Your Side

When a driver hits you from behind and causes you to fall over your handlebars, how are you going to prove that he was drunk and high at the time of the accident? How are you going to show the judge that he should receive charges for driving while intoxicated, and should be held responsible for your medical bills and time lost from work?

The Andrew Kim Law Firm wants to help you receive the compensation you are entitled to. Contact us today through our online form to set up a free consultation to speak with an attorney about your case.