Car accidents happen every day and cause serious injuries and death to many unsuspecting people. According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles’ crash facts, just over 402,000 car accidents involving nearly 690,000 drivers happen on average each year in the state. Of that number, more than 5,000 accidents caused by drunk driving happen every year.
Impairment from alcohol can present itself in a variety of ways. In many cases, an intoxicated driver lacks the ability to make judgments and decisions, see the road and other traffic clearly, and distinguish traffic lights and signs. Alcohol use can also lead to drowsiness that can negatively impact a driver’s response time.
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How Alcohol Leads to Car Accidents
Accidents caused by drunk driving happen because a driver loses the ability to control their car. The effects of alcohol on a vehicle driver include:
- An inability to visually respond to moving objects like vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians
- A noticeable lack of coordination which can cause trouble steering accurately
- Difficulty concentrating on the road or maintaining a safe vehicle speed
- Difficulty staying in the correct lane or stopping quickly, if needed
Many people do not realize how easily consuming alcohol can inhibit their ability to safely operate a vehicle and navigate traffic. If an intoxicated driver caused a car accident that injured you or a family member or damaged your property, your attorney can help you seek the financial compensation you are due.
Annual Cost of Accidents Caused by Drunk Driving
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), almost 30 accident victims lose their lives in drunk driving collisions each day. Across the country, car accidents involving drunk drivers create more than $44 billion in related expenses each year, among other surprising facts about impaired driving.
Just as in any type of car collision, drunk driving collisions have a huge impact on victims and on their families. It can also have a major impact on victims’ ability to return to regular activities and resume the same quality of life they enjoyed prior to the accident.
The expenses related to drunk driving can include a variety of costs, including:
- Increased insurance rates
- Legal and filing fees
- Costs to repair damaged property or completely replace personal property
- Emergency medical treatment
- Recovery and rehabilitation costs
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning capacity
Hold the Drunk Driver Who Injured You Responsible
Car accidents caused by drunk driving can leave you with severe injuries that might also leave you unable to return to your usual lifestyle and activities. You might also be unable to return to work right away in addition to having mounting medical bills for your emergency and ongoing care.
If you or a family member suffered injuries in a car accident, you are entitled to compensation for your accident-related expenses. Speak to an attorney near you about the drunk driving accident that caused your injuries when you call the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine at 1-800-747-3733 today.