Insurance study ties legal pot to boost in car crash claims

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The study compared the frequency of collision claims from 2012 to 2016 with that of control states without recreational pot sales, including Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming, as well as Colorado, Oregon and Washington prior to legalization.

Two U.S. studies on the effects of marijuana on drivers in states where it is allowed for recreational use came to different conclusions about whether it increases risks behind the wheel. The researcher in their study, considered factors like number of road vehicle and controlling the states, gender, and age of drivers, weather and ensuring driver with the claim are employed and comparing those factors with neighbouring states same fluctuations.

The Highway Loss Data Institute has initiated a large-scale, case-control study in OR to further delve into how legalized marijuana might be affecting the risk of vehicle crashes with injuries, Moore said, adding that his organization will continue to research this topic.

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. They look for certain signs like slow driving, slurred speech, and the smell of marijuana.

Overall, annual motor vehicle crash fatality rates decreased over this six-year period, from 12.8 fatalities per billion vehicle miles traveled in 2009 to 11.4 fatalities per billion vehicle miles traveled in 2015.

According to PEMCO Mutual Insurance Company, insurance premiums in OR and elsewhere are going up for a number of reasons, including lower gas prices, more cars on the road, distracted driving and other impaired driving.

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While more drivers have admitted to using marijuana, previous studies about its impact on driving performance have been inconclusive, the institute said.

"In other words, it found a slightly increased risk of collisions in states that have made marijuana legal for adults, but it did not actually look at the causes of accidents and does not show marijuana is to blame for that increase", according to Tvert.

More cases of automobile crashes have been reported among states where marijuana has been legalized, according to a first-of-a-kind study conducted by an insurance institute. "HLDI's findings on the early experience of Colorado, Oregon and Washington should give other states eyeing legalization pause". The group, known for publishing insurance loss statistics, says it has found a link between legalized pot and a surge in auto accidents.

"We're concerned about what we're seeing", Matt Moore of the Highway Loss Data Institute told CNBC.

Trade group Cannabis Business Alliance didn't mince words in its criticism of the Highway Loss Data Institute study, claiming that it was "just another attempt to incite reefer madness".

The study revealed more drivers involved in crashes are admitting to using marijuana.

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