There is nothing more devastating than being involved in an accident with a drunk driver. Unfortunately, despite the fact that our general population is well-aware of just how dangerous drunk driving is, our roads are nevertheless filled with drunk drivers. Unfortunately, drunk driving is one of the number one causes of car accidents here in New York City and around the country. Please continue reading and reach out to a dedicated Manhattan car accident lawyer from our legal team to learn more about the dangers of drunk driving and how we can help if you’ve been harmed in an accident involving a drunk driver. Here are some of the questions you may have:
How does drunk driving impair driver ability and lead to car accidents?
To start, even after a person has consumed two drinks, their cognitive ability, vision, and decision-making skills are all impaired, at least to some degree. Rather obviously, these functions are all essential to operating a motor vehicle. Once a person has consumed more than two drinks, these effects only worsen, and can sometimes lead to “blacking out,” where the individual has essentially no control over his or her motor functions and cannot remember any events that occur around them. Unfortunately, some of these people will get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle in this state, which, rather obviously, almost always has disastrous consequences. For obvious reasons, driving while even “buzzed” is extremely dangerous and should never happen. Unfortunately, it happens more than any of us would like to think.
What should I do after sustaining an injury in an accident caused by a drunk driver?
If you’re injured in an accident involving an impaired motorist, the first thing you should do is call the police to the scene, as doing so can ensure you receive immediate medical treatment and that the individual is breathalyzed or otherwise tested for being impaired while operating a motor vehicle. If the individual proves to be intoxicated, it can help your personal injury claim immensely. You should also ensure you keep copies of medical documentation pertaining to your injuries, try to photograph any property damaged in the accident, gather witness contact information, and, finally, hire a competent personal injury lawyer who can help you gather and present all other evidence required to satisfy the burden of proof in your personal injury claim.
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