Every driver should be aware of the dangers of drinking and driving. Hundreds of thousands of people are killed worldwide while driving under the influence of alcohol, and millions of others were injured as a result. If you think about going out with friends for a drink, consider taking a cab instead of driving there, because doing that may just save your life.
Here is how alcohol affects your driving abilities and what you should do if you find yourself involved in a car accident caused by a drunk person.
After a few drinks, you are overwhelmed with fake “confidence” and positive energy. You feel like you can do everything, but in reality, your brain is simply confused. You start losing focus, and you are unable to think straight. One of the worst things that you can do after getting drunk is driving. Did you know that DUI is severely punishable by the law in every U.S. state?
If you are pulled over and found to be under the influence of alcohol, the consequences could be:
- Losing your driver’s license or having it suspended
- Spending a night (or more) in jail
- Getting fined (with additional penalties)
If you end up in an accident, you will end up having more problems than you can handle. On top of that, you could ruin someone’s life as well as your own.
Our Kansas City car accident lawyer advise you to think twice before getting behind the wheel if you plan on drinking later that day. If you do end up driving, you will increase your chances of getting involved in a car accident by 70 percent. Give us a call if you end up in a car accident, and we will help you file a claim (assuming that you are eligible) or help you reduce your penalties if you are the one who caused the accident.
Bad Judgment Calls
Even the smallest amounts of alcohol could cloud your judgment and affect your decision-making skill. Alcohol always affects the brain first, leaving you unable to think straight, plan ahead or make sound decisions. Even with blood alcohol levels of .02 and higher, your thinking is impaired and you are prone to making more mistakes than usual.
Usually after the third beer is where your vision gets impaired. Alcohol slows down your eye muscle function, reduces your peripheral vision and prevents you from clearly judging the depth and distance of your field of view. Also, did you know that people under the influence of alcohol tend to focus on a single point (usually for a long period of time)?
If you find yourself in an accident which was caused by a drunk driver, be sure to get in touch with our car accident attorney. Ask for a free consultation and receive all the information that you need and free case evaluation (with no legal obligations). Our attorneys will help you receive the highest compensation possible in a timely manner. Do not hesitate to give us a call today at 816-842-3200.