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The Dangers that Come with Vaping While Driving

On Behalf of Cranwell & Moore P.L.C., Attorneys at Law April 5, 2019

Some people believe that vaping is healthier than smoking cigarettes, and this trend has become especially popular among younger people. Whether someone vapes because they think it will make them more popular or they are looking for a healthier alternative to smoking cigarettes, it is essential for drivers to be aware of how this behavior could increase the chances of a car crash. For example, a driver may become distracted or even drowsy if they vape while behind the wheel, which could lead to an accident.

For some people, such as those who may not have very much familiarity with nicotine, vaping can cause nausea, lightheadedness and other effects that could interfere with driving abilities. This can be especially dangerous if someone is asked to try vaping for the first time while they are driving. For example, a young person’s friend may pressure them to vape when their attention should be devoted to the road, which could cause them to become distracted or even intoxicated.

Even those who have been vaping for many years may increase their chances of an auto accident when they vape while driving. For example, they may take their hands off of the wheel to reach for a vape pen or they could be distracted in some other way, which could be incredibly dangerous. If you were hit by someone who was vaping at the time of the crash, this factor may have played a central role in the crash. If you pursue legal action, this may be a key issue to bring up in court.