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It may be tough to prepare for an encounter with a drunk driver

As you travel along California highways, you may wish to have constant awareness of your surroundings so you can react to a variety of potentially hazardous scenarios. Such an alert demeanor could prove vital to preventing a situation that may otherwise leave you with serious injuries or worse.

Unfortunately, being prepared for every scenario can be difficult at times, and in most cases, accidents happen with little to no warning. For instance, reacting to a vehicle that veers across the center line could prove nearly impossible, and when impairment is a contributing factor, such a dangerous maneuver is all too common.

The negative impact impairment has on drivers

Individuals who drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs may place the safety of everyone nearby at risk. Some of the ways in which impairment affects your ability to drive safely may include:

  • Limited coordination: The influence of alcohol or drugs can have a substantial impact on a driver's motor skills and coordination, both of which play a vital role in your ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.
  • Reduced response time: Drunk drivers may have significantly lower physical and mental response times and are thus less capable of reacting to a variety of driving scenarios.
  • Lack of concentration: Those who drive while impaired may also experience trouble concentrating on the task at hand and thus have a higher chance of creating an unfortunate situation.
  • Blurry vision: Your vision is a key component to your ability to drive safely, and unfortunately, those who drive drunk may often have trouble tracking or even seeing nearby people or objects.

The presence of impairment can also affect your ability to judge distances and make decisions. Should you encounter a drunk driver, you might have little time to swerve and avoid collision, and a subsequent crash could leave you with serious injuries.

When a collision occurs

Suffering serious injuries in a crash involving a drunk driver can be a devastating experience, and the fallout of the incident could leave you facing substantial financial hardships. Following the crash, you may wish to exercise your right to pursue accountability in civil court, but the process can be intimidating and complex. However, by seeking advice from someone with experience in such matters, you could become better prepared to pursue the full amount of restitution you deserve through a personal injury lawsuit.

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