IIHS: States with legal marijuana have more auto crashes

IIHS: States with legal marijuana have more auto crashes”

A new study finds there is an increase in auto accident insurance claims in states that have approved the sale of marijuana.

In the study conducted by HLDI, researchers found that between January 2012 and October 2016, accident claims increased by 4.5 percent in OR, 16 percent in Colorado, and 6.2 percent in Washington.

An insurance study has connected the influx of vehicle crash claims to recreational marijuana's legalization.

"It would appear, probably not to anyone's surprise, that the use of marijuana contributes to crashes", said Kenton Brine, president of the industry group Northwest Insurance Council that represents companies in Washington, Oregon and Idaho.

Colorado and Washington were the first states to legalize recreational marijuana for adults age 21 and older with voter approval in November 2012.

"Colorado has had legal pot sales the longest and it is showing the greatest effect", Moore said, according to CNBC. An additional 17 states also allow limited access for medial use.

Here is the takeaway after all the eye-catching headlines: What we do know is that road safety has remained stable in states that have legalized marijuana. OR voters approved legalized recreational marijuana in November 2014, and sales started in October 2015. It's separate from the individual state analysis, as it takes in more data from the eight Western states - including Colorado, Oregon and Washington - to ensure "a statistically significant effect", IIHS spokesman Russ Rader told "I haven't found a reporter covering this who can explain why the study makes sense", he says, noting that "they factored in things like the average temperatures and employment rates - and they didn't actually look at the cause of the accidents to see if marijuana was involved".

Colorado has seen a 14% increase, Washington has seen a 6% increase and OR has seen a 4% increase.

The HDLI didn't just look at those three states.

MA started allowing recreational marijuana use in the state at the beginning of the year.

The institute compared collision claims before and after legalisation, with collision claim rates of comparable states where marijuana is still illegal, to determine whether collision rates are higher than they would be if recreational use was still illegal.

Colorado registered 14 percent more collisions than their neighbor states, Wyoming, Nebraska and Utah.

Recreational marijuana laws have amounted to a "giant social experiment", Aydelotte said, and officials are now finding out how legal pot can affect public safety.

IIHS studied the frequency of collision claims - that is, claims of damage to the driver's vehicle, usually because of an accident the driver caused - in Colorado, Oregon and Washington.

Zuby added that the findings on cases in Oregon, Washington, and Colorado should provide other states "eyeing legalization pause".

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