Late in May, a woman caused a chain reaction automobile accident in Skokie, Illinois. The accident resulted in the death of a nine-year-old boy who was hit by the woman while riding his bicycle. Now, she has just been indicted on charges that she was driving under the influence of drugs, reported The Chicago Tribune. The results of her blood and urine tests were positive for cannabis and amphetamines at the time of the accident.
The woman has been involved in quite a few brush-ups with the law in the past couple of years. The Chicago Tribune reports that she has been charged with unlawful possession of cannabis, shoplifting, and has received multiple driving tickets.
Whether cannabis is a significant cause of car accidents is hotly debated. Many studies, such as the one done by Dalhousie University this past February, show that cannabis is a significant factor. In the Dalhousie study, cannabis was shown to double the risk of an accident when driving within three hours of its use. Conversely, advocates of cannabis law reform argue that these studies are biased and hyperbolic. In a summary of research to date, one such group, called “Norml,” claims that, “Marijuana has a measurable yet relatively mild effect on psychomotor skills, yet it does not appear to play a significant role in vehicle crashes, particularly when compared to alcohol.”
From the prospective of our Chicago car accident attorneys, we desire the safest possible conditions for automotive travel. We also know that driving while under the influence is against the law. Negligence, including reckless and distracted driving, is a major cause of car accidents. Whether it takes the form of cell phone use, eating while driving, driving aggressively, or drug use, negligence is a foremost cause of accidents. Subsequently, it posits serious consequences and concern for all parties involved.
In the case of the nine-year-old boy, he lost the potential for a long and prosperous life, while his family is experiencing emotional and financial stress. In the case of the woman who hit him, she is facing a lifetime of legal consequences that will surely curtail her future. All this stemmed from potentially negligent actions on her part.
Each and every Chicago car accident lawyer at Levin & Perconti stresses the importance of safe driving practices, which requires adherence to traffic laws. Avoid using drugs, indulging in distractions, and driving when you otherwise should not be. Should you or a loved one suffer a loss or injury at the hands of a negligent driver, you can contact our team of Chicago car accident lawyers to find out what legal rights may be available to you.