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Car accidents can occur at any time on busy roadways like those in Houston, Texas. When a drunk or intoxicated driver causes an accident, it often results in devastating consequences. Just days after the New Year, a Harris County deputy was hospitalized after an drunk driving accident. The accident occurred after the deputy stopped at the intersection of FM 1960 and Veterans Memorial Drive. The driver of a Mercedes hit the deputy’s patrol car, causing it to spin out and subsequently be T-boned by another vehicle. The driver of the Mercedes was determined to be intoxicated at the time of the accident.
Choosing to get behind the wheel of a car, truck, motorcycle, or any other motor vehicle after drinking alcohol is a very serious crime. Driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI) in Texas refers to operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content (BAC) level of 0.08 percent or higher.
Even a small amount of alcohol can lead to dangerous situations. While some drivers may not outwardly show signs of intoxication, the situation remains threatening. Any form of drinking or driving under the influence of a substance is illegal and can have heavy repercussions.
Having even the smallest amount of alcohol in one’s system can impact driving ability. Safe driving behaviors require the driver to have the ability to concentrate, make good judgments, and react quickly to situations. Drinking alcohol and/or taking other substances before getting behind the wheel can affect these skills and put others on the roads in danger. There are several different ways alcohol can impair a driver’s abilities, such as:
When alcohol is present in a person’s system, it affects how quickly they respond to situations on the road. This slower reaction time increases the likelihood of car accidents.
Drinking alcohol affects motor skills, including eye, hand, and foot coordination. Without these crucial coordination skills, avoiding a drunk driving accident is nearly impossible. The typical signs a person’s coordination skills have been affected include difficulty walking, swaying, and an inability to stand up straight.
When driving, many different things require the driver’s undivided attention and concentration. Staying in the correct lane, maintaining an appropriate speed, and paying attention to other drivers and traffic signals are all affected when a driver is unable to properly concentrate due to drinking alcohol.
The brain helps people judge the circumstances around them. A person’s judgment keeps them alert and aware of their surroundings while driving. Since drinking alcohol impairs judgment, getting behind the wheel can create dangerous situations.
An excessive amount of alcohol consumption can negatively impact a person’s vision. After drinking, vision can become blurred and/or eye movements can become uncontrolled. When a person’s vision is impaired due to alcohol use, it can affect the judgment of the distance between their car and other vehicles on the road.
Choosing to drive a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or other substances ultimately puts everyone else on the road at risk. These negligent actions disregard the safety of others. Offending drivers should be held responsible for their poor decision-making and any resulting damages.
At Adame Garza LLP, we have successfully represented a wide range of auto accident victims. We know the difficulties associated with drunk driving accidents. If you or someone you know was injured in a drunk driving accident, contact Adame Garza LLP today for a free consultation