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Impaired driving may increase the risk of a crash

On Behalf of | Jun 29, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Drunk driving is one of the most common causes of motor vehicle crashes in Texas and elsewhere in the United States. This is largely because impaired drivers have difficulty processing information. Therefore, they are at a higher risk of running a red light or driving too fast for road conditions.

Impaired drivers are generally incapable of controlling their emotions

In addition to having difficulty processing information, impaired drivers also have trouble controlling their emotions. Ultimately, they may be more likely to drive in an aggressive manner, which can increase the risk of getting into a crash. A lack of inhibitions may also make a drunk driver more likely to drive too fast for road conditions or take other risks that they would avoid while sober.

Who is most likely to drive while under the influence of alcohol?

Statistically, drivers between the ages of 21 and 34 are most likely to be involved in a fatal accident. However, drivers under the age of 21 also account for roughly 15% of all fatal accidents involving a drunk motorist. It’s worth noting that younger motorists are already at a higher risk of causing a serious crash because of their relative inexperience. They may also be less likely to wear a safety belt while their cars are in motion, which can increase the severity of a motor vehicle accident on its own.

If you’re injured in a drunk driving accident, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills and lost wages. You may also receive a financial award designed to help you pay to repair or replace items that were damaged in a crash. Driver statements, a police report or video footage may be enough to prove that the defendant was negligent in causing a crash to occur.