The National Safety Council puts out an annual Injury Facts study. In the 2017 edition, the top causes of preventable deaths among 1-24 year olds is motor vehicle accidents, causing 33% of deaths in 1-4 year olds, 56% of deaths in 5-14 year olds, and 57% of deaths in 15-24 year olds.
Drunk driving is a serious criminal offense, and police understandably exert a great deal of care to catch drunk drivers before it is too late. There is very good reason that such legal measures are taken to deter and eliminate drunk drivers: they are dangerous. The simple fact is that consuming alcohol impairs your ability to drive a car, from reduced reaction time to impaired vision or decision-making, driving while drunk is a risk to your own safety. Just as important and noteworthy, it is also a risk to the safety of others.
For many people, one of the scariest things that they can experience is a dangerous car accident. These accidents can happen so suddenly that people are often powerless to stop them. Even those that are driving safely and defensively can fall victim to a dangerous car accident.
There are nearly endless possibilities when it comes to the causes of car accidents. Any number of factors can combine together to create a difficult and dangerous situation for drivers and their passengers. There are, however, some common types of car accidents including rear-end collisions and wrecks caused by drunk drivers. These common accidents are no less dangerous than other more unique situations.
A car accident can change the course of a person's life in a matter of moments. Take, for example, the recent accident highlighted on this blog. In that case, a man was killed and another seriously injured when in a wrong-way accident. In that case, a drunk driver was responsible for the wreck and is facing criminal charges.
The reckless actions of one person have the ability to affect many. When someone chooses to get behind the wheel of a car after having too much to drink, the consequences can be deadly. Sadly, innocent people are often the victims of these negligent, drunk drivers.
While people may think of drunk driving as a criminal matter, it has a civil component as well. When someone is injured in a drunk driving accident, that person has the right to sue for damages. These damages could include property damages, but also damages for medical expenses, lost wages, the cost of rehabilitation or other expenses caused by the accident. A person may also be entitled to pain and suffering when involved in a drunk driving accident.
Despite the dangers of drunk driving, some Tennessee residents continue to ignore the risks. They get behind the wheel of their cars and drive after having too much to drink. This type of negligent behavior can wreak havoc on others on the roadway. Drunk drivers are likely to cause serious drunk driving accidents as they struggle to keep their cars under control. When this happens, victims can suffer serious injuries or even death. The financial and emotional repercussions of drunk driving accidents may leave accident victims searching for legal recourse.
In order to properly drive a car, people need to be able to properly focus their mind and use their body. Without complete control over both of these things, people can make devastating mistakes that lead to car accidents. When a Tennessee driver consumes alcohol before getting behind the wheel, the person risks losing both risks losing both mental and physical control. This makes drunk drivers extremely dangerous.
Driving a car can be dangerous and requires specific instruction and control. Even the best situations, people need to focus on driving and safely maneuvering the car. When drivers add alcohol to the mix, it becomes nearly impossible for people to drive as safely as they need to. And, as most people understand, the higher the blood alcohol content level, the more dangerous a driver is. For example, a person with a BAC level of .1 percent is seven times more likely to cause a car accident than a sober person.