3 Major Driving Impairments Caused by Alcohol Intoxication: Why Drunk Driving Is So Perilous

Drunk driving is illegal across the nation, and many states – including Missouri, where having a BAC of 0.08 can result in criminal penalties against drivers. Despite this, however, many motorists continue to get behind the wheel after drinking. And the consequences can be deadly.

That’s because, as various research has established, alcohol impairment:

  • Impairs drivers’ abilities to see and hear – Clarify of vision can be reduced by as much as 30 percent, and identifying sounds, as well as where they are coming from, becomes difficult when drivers are intoxicated.
  • Impairs sound judgment – In some cases, judgment can start to slip at BACs as low as 0.02. This impairment is often also what ends up putting drunk drivers behind the wheel.
  • Impairs coordination – This can create problems in safely operating vehicles, especially when intoxication makes it difficult for drivers to properly coordinate their head, hand and feet movements.

Knowing these facts about impaired driving can shed some light on recent statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) regarding drunk driving, namely that:

  • Nearly 10,000 people were killed in drunk driving accidents in 2014.
  • Fatal drunk driving accidents accounted for about 1/3 of all fatal motor vehicle crashes in 2014.
  • This fatality rate is equivalent to one person dying in an drunk driving accident every 53 minutes.

Contact a St Louis Car Accident Attorney at Ryan R. Cox & Associates, LLC

If you have been hurt in a drunk driving accident – or in any type of traffic crash, an experienced St Louis car accident attorney at Ryan R. Cox & Associates, LLC is here for you, ready to provide you zealous legal advocacy, support and experienced help with your financial recovery.

Contact us today to schedule a free, no obligations initial consultation with one of our lawyers. To set up this consult, call our firm at (636) 946-6886 or toll free at (855) 772-5291. You can also email us using the contact form on this page.

From our offices based in St Charles, our lawyers represent people in St Louis, Hazelwood, Florissant, O’Fallon, Saint Peters, Wentzville, Lake St. Louis, Cottleville, Dardenne Prairie, Weldon Springs, Foristell, Portage Des Sioux, Defiance, Augusta, New Melle, St. Paul, West Alton, Flint Hill, Josephville, and Weldon Spring Heights, as well as individuals throughout St Charles County, St Louis County and the state of Missouri.

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