Marijuana And What It Means To You On Your Motorcycle

David Salazar:

Hey there. David Salazar here. And today, I have a special guest. It’s my office manager, my sister-in-law, my number one hater. Luan York. Here she is.

Luan York:

Hi.

David Salazar:

Today, we’re going to talk about something that I’ve been asked about quite a few times. And it’s really prominent in the States right now. A lot of people talk about it. We are going to talk about weed or marijuana while you’re driving and what kind of effects or impact it has.

The reason why we’re going to talk about this is because there are a lot of states now that are legalizing marijuana. That is not a bad thing. In fact, I think it’s a good thing. Marijuana has a lot of health benefits. And right now, I’m going to let Luan chime in on some of this.

 

The problem with driving under the influence

Luan York:

Obviously, we are quite liberal when it comes to marijuana. However, we understand that the impact of being under the influence is still a negative aspect when it comes to your claim and how that is handled. Although some studies have shown that those that are under the influence of marijuana take fewer risks, drive more slowly, and are a little bit more cautious all around because paranoia sets in.

Either way, your reflexes are slower too. Your peripheral vision may be a little bit foggy. And of course, when it comes to a police report for an insurance company, that’s the number one thing that they’re going to use to deny any of your injuries or claims.

David Salazar:

I can’t stress this enough. The last thing that Luan said is very, very accurate. So, whenever we get a case, there are certain things that we look for. We look for who’s at fault. We look for who the insurance company is. mainly because we want to know what kind of insurance company we’re dealing with. And we also look at other contributing factors.

 

Why it’s a problem

Those factors are going to be whether or not you were under the influence. And under the influence can mean a lot of things. It could mean alcohol. It could mean marijuana. It could mean a controlled substance such as cocaine. It could be anything. So, whenever one of those elements is present, that is a telltale sign that the insurance company is going to blame that before anything else, regardless of who is at fault.

Let’s just say it’s the other person’s fault. They are automatically going to say, “I don’t care. You were under the influence of marijuana so you’re 50% at fault as well.” They just do that. It’s bullshit. But they do that. It’s just a mitigating factor that they use to place the blame.

So I think the theme for today is to be careful out there. While it may be legalized in a lot of States, that doesn’t necessarily mean that your case is going to be clearcut if you had any marijuana in your system. Just remember that. Luan, is there anything else you’d like to add?

Luan York:

No. I think that’s it. Be safe on the roads. Stay safe with corona going on right now. And be healthy.

David Salazar:

Guys, be safe out there. Please join our Facebook group. I look forward to talking about this stuff. And we look forward to seeing you all.