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Drunk drivers pose serious danger to other Maryland motorists

On behalf of Steven Cooper at Cooper Law Firm

Even small amounts of alcohol can have a range of effects on the body, which for drivers may impact their ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.

Despite awareness of the dangers, people throughout Maryland get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol. As a result, drunk driving accidents are all too common. These collisions can result in serious injuries or death for the drunk driver, as well as pedestrians, passengers and other drivers. According to the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration, an alcohol-impaired motorist kills one person every 58 hours in the state. Much of the risk posed by intoxicated drivers is due to the effects that alcohol has on the body.

What are the effects of alcohol consumption on the body?

Alcohol can have a range of effects on the body. The severity of these effects is affected by a number of factors, including the amount of alcohol a person has consumed, and his or her size and weight. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, some of the most common effects of alcohol include the following:

  • Impaired judgment
  • Reduced visual functions
  • Loss of muscle control and coordination
  • Slowed reaction times
  • Decreased alertness
  • Released inhibitions

Consuming alcohol may also impact a person's ability to detect danger. These effects can be dangerous enough on their own. For drivers, however, they can be all the more hazardous.

How do the effects of alcohol consumption impact drivers?

Often, people believe that they have not had too much to drink, or that having a couple of drinks actually makes them better drivers. However, these can be dangerous beliefs. Even in small amounts, alcohol can impact a person's ability to safely operate his or her vehicle.

According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc., people begin to experience decreased visual functions as their BAC reaches .02 percent. Additionally, they may also start to have difficulties performing multiple tasks at the same time. As more alcohol is consumed, the effects can cause drivers to have problems steering, tracking lanes and other vehicles, and control their speed. Difficulties perceiving danger and released inhibitions may cause motorists to miss potential road hazards and take risks they otherwise would not have while driving. These effects can easily result in motor vehicle accidents with potentially devastating consequences.

Seeking legal counsel

When people in Maryland get behind the wheel after drinking, they are not just endangering their own lives and well-being. Those who are injured in drunk driving accidents often require significant medical treatment and care. In these cases, the impaired motorist may be held liable for the resulting damages. People who have experienced situations such as this may find it of benefit to consult with a legal representative. Working with an attorney may help them to understand their rights, as well as their options for pursuing financial compensation.

Keywords: drunk driving, accident, injury