According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 10,000 people are killed in drunk driving car accidents across the United States each year. This statistic averages out to be one death every 50 minutes. What makes this fact even more disheartening is that drunk driving accidents are the most preventable type of accident.
Protecting the Victims
Our legal team is dedicated to helping victims of drunk driving accidents. We will fight for justice and the compensation you deserve.
Victims of drunk drivers often suffer injuries that require long recovery periods that result in high medical bills and lost wages. Many victims and their families are thrust into a financial crisis through no fault of their own. Claiming the maximum amount of compensation available can allow these victims to recover from their injuries and protect their financial health.
How Does Alcohol Affect Driving?
Drunk driving accidents have devastating consequences. Severe injuries and fatalities are common when drunk drivers crash with other vehicles. Innocent victims have their lives shattered when a person chooses to get behind the wheel of a car after consuming alcoholic beverages.
A person with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent is legally drunk. When this level of intoxication is present, a driver will experience the following:
- Slowed reaction time: Diminished reaction time makes it hard for drivers to process what is happening on the road. If someone walks in front of the drunk driver’s vehicle, alcohol can impede a driver’s ability to stop the car to avoid hitting the pedestrian.
- Impaired coordination: A drunk driver may experience the inability to properly control body movements. An impaired person may have difficulty with steering and coordinating the brake and gas pedals of their car.
- Inability to focus and concentrate: Driving is a multi-task operation that requires drivers to steer, maintain a speed limit, and watch for traffic signs and signals. When a drunk driver gets behind the wheel of their car, their lack of focus can result in a serious car accident.
- Visual disturbances: Alcohol can significantly impact a driver’s ability to operate a vehicle safely. Blurred vision, seeing double images, lack of peripheral vision, and trouble judging distance can result in catastrophic car accidents and injuries.
- Inability to make rational decisions: When a drunk driver must make a split-second decision to ensure their safety and the safety of other drivers on the road, their impaired judgement can result in an accident. For example, a drunk driver may not be able to make a rational decision to avoid an oncoming vehicle, thus causing a head-on collision.
- Inability to safely drive:Some drivers may feel like they can drive safely after consuming just a few beers; but in reality, the combination of visual disturbances, slowed reaction times, and impaired judgement can create a volatile situation that can lead to a serious or fatal car accident.
Preventing Drunk Driving Car Accidents
Drunk driving car accidents are preventable. Prevention is key to reducing the likelihood of becoming a victim of a drunk driver. Mothers Against Drunk Driving is an advocacy group dedicated to eliminating drunk driving car accidents. This advocacy group offers advice on preventing a drunk driving accident, they recommend to:
- Designate a driver before going to an alcohol-related event.
- Employ the services of ridesharing companies to avoid driving after consuming alcohol.
- Eat a full meal before consuming alcoholic beverages.
- Drink plenty of water in between alcoholic drinks.
- Monitor friends who have been drinking and prevent them from getting behind the wheel of a car.
- Plan to stay the night at the event location, if possible.
- Stop serving alcohol at dinner when hosting an event, meals should be scheduled at least two hours before the event ends.
Prevention is vital. Planning to drink responsibly protects the lives of all those on the road.
Monmouth County Car Accident Lawyers at Falcon Law Firm, LLC Advocate for Victims Injured in Dangerous Drunk Driving Accidents
If you were in a drunk driving car accident, call one of our skilled car accident lawyers in Monmouth County at Falcon Law Firm, LLC immediately. To schedule a free consultation, call us at 732-660-1200 or contact us online. Our Oakhurst, Parlin, and Aberdeen, New Jersey, and Doylestown, Pennsylvania offices serve those in Belmar, Deal, Ocean Township, Point Pleasant, West Long Branch, Sayreville, Middlesex County, and Monmouth County, New Jersey, as well as Bucks County, Pennsylvania.