Accidents Caused by Intoxication
Millions of Americans are involved in auto accidents every year for reasons ranging from road defects to driver error. Sadly, many of these accidents are preventable because they involve driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Drunk driving is a significant issue in the United States. According to the Center for Disease Control, 10,228 people were killed in alcohol-impaired collisions in 2010, and over 1.4 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. explain that alcohol severely impairs a person’s ability to drive, increasing the likelihood of an accident. The effects of alcohol on driving capabilities include:
- Delayed reaction time
- Blurred vision
- Decreased control over wheel and pedals
- Decreased awareness
When people drive under the influence, they are putting others on the road at an unnecessary risk of being harmed. However, these people can be held both financially and civilly liable for the damage they cause to others as a result of their negligent behavior.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an exam of 254 fatally injured drivers in Michigan found that 10% of the cases tested positive for cocaine. Recreational cocaine is abused for its intense euphoric effects and perceived increase in strength, energy, and alertness. Observed behaviors of drivers under the influence of cocaine include:
- High-risk behavior
- Inattentive driving
- Turning in front of other vehicles
- Poor impulse control
- Loss of vehicle control
Drivers who use cocaine often operate under the misconception that they are more alert while driving, but that is not the case. The safest way to avoid an accident is not to operate a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. In addition to putting yourself at risk, you also run the risk of injuring other people on or near the road.