How Does Drunk Driving Impair a Motorist’s Ability?

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Drunk driving is one of the most dangerous things a person can do. Unfortunately, despite knowing and understanding just how dangerous it really is, many people still make the mistake of doing so, especially around the holidays, such as Thanksgiving. Read on and reach out to a Houston, Texas drunk driving accident lawyer from White Personal Injury to learn more about how driving while intoxicated can impair a motorist’s ability and how our firm can help if you were involved in a collision with a drunk driver. Here are some of the questions you may have:

How does drunk driving affect a person’s ability to operate a motor vehicle?

From the moment a person finishes even their very first drink, their cognitive function will begin to decline. Once a person has had more than one drink, it is widely accepted that they are no longer capable of driving a motor vehicle safely. As drinks are consumed, a person’s vision, coordination, and decision-making skills all become poorer. In the worst cases, a person may even drink until they “black out,” which means they have no memory of events that transpire from that moment onward. Unfortunately, these people will sometimes even make the decision to get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle after reaching this point. As you can imagine, this behavior frequently leads to serious, often deadly motor vehicle collisions.

What should I do if I’m involved in a crash with a drunk driver?

If you’re involved in a collision with a drunk driver, the first thing you should do is notify law enforcement by dialing 911. If they suspect the driver is intoxicated, they will most likely administer a field sobriety test and a breathalyzer test. If the motorist fails either or both of these tests, we can likely use this information in a personal injury claim down the road. If possible, you should also try to take the following steps:

  • Get the other driver’s insurance info
  • Get witness contact info
  • Photograph damage to your vehicle, the other driver’s vehicle, and the entire accident scene
  • Get medical treatment immediately
  • Hire a personal injury lawyer who can help you fight for the compensation you deserve and need to heal

How long do I have to sue someone for an injury in the state of Texas?

In most cases, those who’ve been harmed in auto crashes with drunk drivers will only have two years from the date of the crash to file a personal injury claim, in accordance with the state’s statute of limitations. If you’ve been hurt, White Personal Injury is ready to help you today. Pick up the phone and give us a call or contact us online.

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