Insurance study ties legal pot to boost in car crash claims

An institute Highway Loss Data, one of the leading insurance groups, said in their press release on Thursday that the claimed collusion in Oregon, Colorado and Washington reached 2.7% for years since the establishment of recreational marijuana sales compared to the surrounding states. The Colorado selling of legal recreation pot begins in January 2014, later in Washington by July and in Oregon by October.

From the data gathered, it indicated that crash risk has increased in the country and they can be traced to legalizing marijuana, said Malt Moore, the vice president of the institute, he analysed insurance data and discovered now auto-safety trends. Marijuana legalization advocate and also director of communication advocate Mason Tvert in conjunction with Marijuana Policy Project, oppugn the study’s comparison of claim in Idaho, Montona, Wyoming in a rural states, including Oregon, Washington and Colorado with dense population centres and it effect on the study’s findings.

This study raises lot of questions than what it has answers for, this opens the study to the need for further study said Tvert. 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. Insurance companies discover several factors like distraction during driving, operating of cell phone, construction of road, and marijuana legalization.

Kenton Brine, president Northwest Insurance Council representing companies in Idaho, Oregon and Washington, “It seems to appear that not everyone is surprise, how the use of marijuana causes crashes,” she also said, it will be hard to say marijuana is the only factor, lacking a citation. This study was said to be the first findings that isolates legal pot as one of the factors that causes crashes. Russ Rader Spokesman Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said alcohol impairment is still the main concern on the road.

Moore hopes these findings will be looked into by lawmakers in the states where marijuana legalization have been considered or recently enacted.