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How does alcohol affect one's driving abilities?

Car accidents can occur in any number of ways. Treacherous weather conditions or a poorly maintained vehicle, for example, can lead to a serious collision. Yet, most car accidents are caused by distracted and drunk driving. It's a tragic reality that many motorists either fail to recognize the dangers of this type of driving, or are aware of the risks and choose to engage in this risky behavior. This week, we will briefly look at how alcohol affects one's ability to drive, and how those facts can be used as the basis for a personal injury lawsuit.

Alcohol can affect one's ability to drive in a number of ways. First, it can affect one's judgment, which can have a direct impact on one's ability to reason clearly. This deficiency can start at as little as .02 percent BAC. Alcohol can also diminish one's concentration, which can include the ability to multitask, maintain vehicle speed, and yield to other traffic and pedestrians. Comprehension can also be affected. This can lead to an inability to properly interpret one's surroundings, which, in turn, can lead to confusion.

Although those limitations are quite severe, they are not the only functions affected by alcohol. An individual may also experience impairment with regards to coordination, and his or her hearing and vision may be negatively affected. Additionally, alcohol can significantly reduce one's reaction time. This can make it difficult for an intoxicated driver to reduce speed for slow or stopped traffic, as well as yield to pedestrians or other vehicles.

Evidence of alcohol use prior to driving can go a long way in a personal injury case, especially if it can be shown that the alcohol led to one of these impairments. To build a strong case, then, it may be necessary to obtain police reports, eyewitness accounts, and medical records. An experienced attorney will know how to gather all of this information and present it in a way that is persuasive and legally admissible. Those who want to learn more about how to build a case against a drunk driver should consider discussing their situation with a qualified legal professional.

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