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Car Accidents Involving Alcohol

Car accidents involving alcohol are totally avoidable and without excuse


It is estimated that car accidents caused by alcohol make up more than 20 percent of all accident statistics. But why is driving under the influence of alcohol so dangerous? This article looks at several reasons.

Alcohol Impairs Response Time

In order to safely drive a car, you must have excellent reflexes so you can respond to your constantly changing environment—the dog that darts into the road, the car that unexpectedly cuts in front of you, the changing traffic light. Since alcohol depresses the central nervous system, it slows reflexes and response time, making unanticipated events more likely to contribute to car accidents caused by alcohol use.

Alcohol Impairs Perception

We’ve all seen people who’ve had too much to drink stagger around as they try to walk. They may think they’re walking in a straight line, and their perception is so far off, they don’t realize they’re wandering in circles. Now imagine someone that drunk behind the wheel of a car. Drunk drivers often swerve back and forth between lanes or even cross the median into oncoming traffic.

Alcohol Impairs Judgment

You probably don’t even realize what a big role judgment plays in your driving. Do you have time to get through that yellow light or should you stop? Is it safe to pass on that two-lane highway or should you wait for oncoming traffic? Persons who have been drinking will make poor decisions that may result in car accidents involving alcohol.

Alcohol Decreases Inhibitions

Alcohol silences that little voice in our heads that says no—what Freud called the superego. While under the influence, we are more likely to try stupid, dangerous things like going too fast or doing unsafe stunts.

Car accidents involving alcohol can be lethal. If you want to spare you and your loved ones a lot of needless agony, don’t drink and drive.

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