How Drinking Affects Your Driving

How Drinking Affects Your Driving

It is an unfortunate fact that in just in 2016 alone, 2,017 people were killed in car accidents involving alcohol use. What is more startling is that the drivers involved in these accidents had a blood alcohol content (BAC) less than 0.08%, the legal limit for drinking and driving. One could only imagine how many have died from car accidents related to alcohol levels higher than 0.08% BAC.

If a car suddenly hits you and causes you to suffer painful injuries that require medical attention and if the driver of that car was intoxicated, then you have a right to speak to an Oklahoma DUI accident lawyer.

How Alcohol Impairs Driving

To understand why alcohol leads to so many accidents on the road, it is relevant to know exactly what alcohol does to someone psychologically. Never mind a BAC of 0.2%, which merely results in relaxation, but when you reach a BAC of 0.05%, your coordination will start diminishing along with your innate skill to following moving objects with ease. These two functions alone are crucial for being able to be aware of other drivers on the road, especially at busy intersections in big cities. Your judgment and alertness will also be compromised, which helps if you want fast reflexes to danger.

How Drinking Affects Your Driving A BAC of 0.08% is illegal in all 50 states for a reason. By this point, you will experience so much relaxation that you will not care as much about certain important things related to driving, like watching the road, using turn signals, and focusing on your driving. If there are others in the car, they will serve as a great distraction and source of laughter at your attempts to drive while intoxicated. Not only that, but your physical muscle coordination will be off, which will inherently affect your speed control. Your perception will be fuzzy, which impacts vision and reaction time.

When You Can Claim Negligence

If the driver who hit you ends up having a BAC of 0.08% or higher, then that driver will not only be charged by the law, but can be charged by you with a personal injury lawsuit. This means that you are claiming that the other driver’s negligence, drunk driving, was responsible for the wreck and your injuries. This is helpful to know because medical bills can be expensive, even for a simple bone break, and if your injuries require prolonged hospitalization, you will want to find a way to get these expenses covered.

What to Do If You Suffered Injuries from a Drunk Driver

Thankfully, you can hire an Oklahoma personal injury lawyer with experience injury cases involving another person’s negligence. If you have suffered injuries from a drunk driver, even if you were a passenger, then contact the Law Firm of Griffin Reynolds at (405) 721-9500 to talk to an Oklahoma personal injury lawyer. You should not have to pay medical bills for someone else’s poor decision-making. We have earned years of experience in the field of personal injury cases that range from nursing home abuse to injuries sustained from car accidents and are here to serve you.