Alcohol affects everyone differently. Even when people are still within the legal blood alcohol content limit of under 0.79g/DL, their ability to operate a motor vehicle is impaired.
Alcohol begins inhibiting reaction times, decision-making, and coordination right away, according to Healthline. Driving after any amount of alcohol is always a risk.
When accidents occur with these people who have chosen to take this chance, drunk driving accident lawyers are ready to help the victims.
Most drunk driving accidents occur at night on the weekends. This is the time when most people consume alcohol, and it becomes the most dangerous time to be on the roads.
Drunk driving accidents also increase during the holidays, especially around New Year’s celebrations.
According to data from the United States Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, summer is the most dangerous season for drunk driving accidents, especially around the week of Independence Day.
People often underestimate the effects of alcohol on their systems, and they believe that they are safe to drive, but unfortunately, they are not, which is why it is always so important to have a designated driver.
The increase in drunk driving accidents is not only because of the increase in drunk drivers but the increase in traffic at these times. There is more tourist traffic during the summer, and people are more likely to take risks when they are on vacation in an unfamiliar area.
Drunk driving accidents can cause many types of injuries depending on the type of accident and the vehicle driven. High speeds and victims traveling in smaller vehicles are at higher risk of serious injury. The most common injuries caused by drunk driving accidents are as follows:
Brain injuries are often devastating. They are a common cause of death or disability after motorcycle accidents.
They can range from mild to severe, depending on the nature of the accident. Concussions are common and can even occur without a direct hit to the head.
The rapid motion of an accident can cause the brain to move back and forth within the skull, causing a concussion.
Damage to the spine completely changes the life of the injured person. They are still alive, but the life they had before the collision is over.
The resulting complete or partial paralysis affects not only the victim but their family as well. Loss of voluntary movement and sensation means the wounded party will need assistance in everyday tasks that they used to take for granted.
They will need caregivers and special equipment such as wheelchairs and other adaptive equipment. The financial burden can be just as crippling as the injury itself.
The emotional toll damages relationships and the victim’s sense of self-worth and autonomy have instantly vanished.
A neck sprain from being in a rear-end collision is called whiplash. This injury happens because your head is not restrained in your vehicle and rapidly moves back and forth like a cracking whip.
When hit from behind, your car is instantly jolted forward, and your unrestrained head falls back, hyperextending your neck. Immediately after this motion, your head is thrust forward, causing hyperflexion of your neck as your chin falls towards your chest.
All of this happens very quickly. It can also occur in head-on collisions, just in the opposite order.
According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms of whiplash can include the following:
These symptoms usually develop within the first few days after the injury. Most people take weeks to recover.
Some people suffer from chronic pain for years after the accident occurred. The severity of the injury and any preexisting conditions will increase the recovery time.
The force of the impact alone often causes your bones to break, especially if you have an underlying condition such as osteoporosis. Smaller cars are especially vulnerable because they only have so much space to crumple before they close in on their passengers. Injuries from being crushed in motor vehicle accidents are extremely serious and require multiple surgeries and extended recovery times. They can even lead to amputation.
Broken glass and pieces of the vehicles involved in the accident quickly turn into shrapnel that causes cuts or tears in the skin. Many victims have to live with disfiguring scars and decreased range of motion in the areas surrounding their lacerations.
More serious motor vehicle collisions sometimes include fires and even explosions. Victims are often burned in these collisions and are left with painful scars, possible infections, and psychological trauma.
Invisible life-threatening internal injuries may never fully heal.
High-speed accidents wreak havoc on delicate soft organs. These injuries leave truck accident victims with chronic pain and fatigue because of decreased organ function.
You may even find yourself on a transplant list.
Damaged organs take anywhere from weeks to years to mend and may require multiple surgeries and hospitalization. The most common organ damage sustained from trucking accidents are:
Drunk driving accident injuries can leave you with a reduced quality of life. If you have been in a drunk driving accident, Tatum & Atkinson will work to get you reparations so you can focus on healing.
Stress after an accident will increase your recovery time. Your body releases the hormone cortisol as a result of stress, and cortisol increases pain and inflammation over time.
Let us minimize your stress by contacting us as soon as possible so we can handle the complexities of your case and negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf.
For dependable and experienced legal representation, call (800) LAW-0804 for a free consultation with Tatum & Atkinson. We know how to handle the complexities of drunk driver cases and get you the compensation you deserve.