You were traveling home from a friend’s house when you saw an unusual pair of lights ahead of you. You thought for a second that someone was driving in the opposite lane, but it didn’t take long to realize that they were actually headed straight for you.
Despite efforts to avoid a crash, you ended up in a head-on collision with that driver. You were knocked unconscious and woke up hours later in a hospital bed. It wasn’t until later that you were told that the driver had been intoxicated at the time of the crash.
Drunk driving is a hazard on the roads
Nearly 30 people die every day as a result of drunk driving. In the majority of cases, the crashes could have been avoided if the intoxicated driver would have stayed home. Sadly, some people do make poor decisions that put others at risk.
Did you know that at just .02% blood alcohol concentration, you can have a loss of judgment and have alterations in your mood? You may even have a harder time tracking moving objects and not be able to multitask. That’s why it’s not safe to drive with any amount of alcohol in your blood.
In 2018, there were 10,511 people killed in drunk driving crashes. It’s illegal to drive if your BAC is .08% or higher, but even lower levels make you less safe on the roads.
Drivers need to be safer
At the end of the day, a driver’s decisions won’t just affect them. If they drive drunk, they are potentially going to hurt themselves or others. It’s not fair to put others at risk, yet people do this every day.
Drivers should be safer. They should consider possible alternatives for getting home, like calling a ride-sharing service or getting in touch with family. It’s never safe to be behind the wheel when intoxicated, and it’s not fair to others.
If you’re injured by someone who is driving drunk, don’t feel like you’re alone. Many people deal with this problem and live with the consequences of another person’s poor decisions. You can typically pursue a claim against someone if they have harmed you. You may want to ask them to cover your financial losses, such as your medical bills, lost wages, medication costs and more. It’s fair to ask them to do that, because they were not thinking about the impact their decision would have on others.