How drunk driving leads to accidents

On Behalf of | Jul 25, 2022 | Motor vehicle accidents |

Statistically speaking, drunk drivers are more likely to cause accidents on Connecticut roads or highways compared to sober ones. This is partially because it becomes difficult or impossible to regulate your body or remain in control of your car when impaired by alcohol. It may also be harder to process information in a timely manner that may have allowed a motorist to avoid an accident or reduce its severity.

Drunk motorists have fewer inhibitions

A sober motorist is more likely to obey the speed limit, use a turn signal or take other actions to ensure their safety and the safety of others. However, impaired drivers don’t have the same level of awareness, which means that they are more likely to speed, make dangerous lane changes or otherwise drive in a dangerous manner.

They may also be less likely to slow down prior to impact, which can result in serious injuries or death to anyone involved in a resulting motor vehicle accident. It’s important to note that individuals who are under the influence are less worried about getting hurt, which could further cause them to make risky decisions.

A loss of motor function makes cars harder to handle

Consuming too much alcohol can make it harder to control your hands, eyes and feet. Therefore, an impaired motorist may not be able to grip the steering wheel properly or have the ability to press the brake pedal in a timely manner. An inability to see clearly may result in not seeing a pedestrian trying to cross the street or missing the fact that a traffic light has just turned red.

If you are hurt in a crash caused by a drunk driver, you may receive a financial award. This may be true even if the driver dies in the crash. In such a scenario, the driver’s estate would likely be liable for any financial losses you incurred.