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How the drink a nearby motorist had may impair his or her ability

You've probably experienced a Texas traffic jam on more than one occasion. In fact, if you're a daily commuter to work, you likely encounter traffic congestion several times a day. On a good day, you may be able to overlook such frustrations, knowing that like many things in life, it too, shall pass. Other times, an incident that occurs in traffic may change your life forever, such as when a drunk driver slams into the side of your vehicle.

Drunk driving continues to be a major problem in most states throughout the nation. There's often not much time to react and avert disaster when another vehicle careens out of its lane or cuts you off on the road. Injuries resulting from such collisions are often quite serious, even life-threatening. If you survive your injuries in a drunk driving crash, your recovery may be long and arduous, not to mention the undue financial hardships the situation may thrust upon you.

Impact of alcohol on driving ability

In your personal life, understanding the potential risks involved with alcohol consumption when planning to drive a car may be enough to prompt responsible choices. You can't change another driver's actions, however. The following information shows how significantly drinking alcohol can impair one's ability to drive:

  • Whether or not you realize it at the time, if you drink alcohol, your reaction time slows. You may think you are coherent and aware of your surroundings; however, alcohol greatly reduces the ability to swiftly react or adapt to sudden situation changes. This can cause serious risks while driving.
  • Not only does drinking alcohol slow down your reaction time, it may also delay your eye movements. This can cause visual blurring or lack of perception, which is a great danger to all who are near if you're driving a car.
  • Police officers often administer vision tracking field sobriety tests if they suspect motorists of drunk driving. That's because alcohol may affect the eye's ability to judge object location or following an object's movement horizontally or vertically.
  • You've probably seen several movies where actors portray intoxicated characters by stumbling or bumping into things when they try to walk. In reality, drinking alcohol can cause unstable gait due to reduced hand/foot/eye coordination.
  • Your ability to think clearly, speak clearly or make rational decisions may also be greatly impaired with alcohol in your system.

Knowing such information can help you make safe choices concerning your own alcohol intake and driving skills. It's another story altogether, however, when speaking of another motorist over whom you have no control. When you suffer injury because of another person's negligence, you should not have to bear the full financial consequences of the situation. This is why the law permits you to file a personal injury claim against any party or parties deemed liable for your injuries.

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