Joint Behind the Wheel

SEATTLE - A law firm in Seattle has released its findings regarding marijuana-related auto collisions in Washington.

The Davis Law Group analyzed four years of data compiled by the Washington State Patrol related to traffic accidents involving pot.

The study looked at a total of 392 incidents involving collisions and cannabis, and found that most of them occurred between the hours of 4 p.m. and 5 p.m., with Saturdays being the highest day of prevalence.

Thirty-seven of the crashes proved fatal for at least one of those involved, and there were also 22 serious injuries, 110 minor injuries, and eight featuring “unknown” injuries attached to the activity as well.

Around 60 percent of the accidents involved at least two vehicles (188), while 169 were single-car collisions.

Interstate 5 experienced the greatest frequency of marijuana-related crashes of any major roadway in the state with 57. I-90 tallied a total of 11 collisions and I-82 had ten.

The Vancouver metropolitan area ranked first in geographical location for the occurrence of cannabis-related accidents per the research.

In a press release, the law firm said it conducted the study and released its findings just ahead of Saturday’s 420 celebration for pot users, to help raise public awareness about the dangers of driving under the influence of marijuana.

Other recent studies have shown up to a six percent increase in cannabis-involved collisions in the multiple states where marijuana has been legalized for recreational use.