The effects of drinking alcohol put Wisconsin drivers, others in danger
On behalf of Jordan Blad at Alpert & Fellows, L.L.P.
Due to the effects of alcohol on the body, drunk drivers may cause collisions, which could result in serious injuries or death for others.
It is common for people in Manitowoc, and throughout the state of Wisconsin, to occasionally partake in libations. While having some drinks is not generally a problem, it can pose a serious risk for drivers. According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, the state’s drunk driving rate is the highest in the country. As a result of alcohol-related collisions, other motorists, their passengers or pedestrians may suffer serious injuries, or be killed.
Effects of alcohol on the body
Alcohol consumption can have a range of effects on the body. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, some of the most common effects include the following:
- Impaired judgment
- Released inhibitions
- Decreased alertness
- Reduced muscle control and coordination
- Difficulties detecting danger
Furthermore, drinking alcoholic beverages may also cause people to experience drowsiness, unconsciousness and blackouts. These effects may be affected by a number of factors, including how much a person has had to drink, what type of alcohol a person has consumed, and his or her size and weight.
Impact of alcohol consumption on drivers
On their own, the effects of drinking alcohol can be dangerous enough. For negligent drivers who get behind the wheel after drinking, however, they can be even more hazardous. This is because even in small amounts, the effects of alcohol on the body may impact a motorist’s ability to safely operate a vehicle.
According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc., people may begin to experience a decrease in their visual functions at a BAC level of .02 percent. Additionally, they may have problems performing multiple tasks at the same time. At a BAC level of .05 percent, drivers may experience slowed reaction times, reduced coordination and problems steering. By the time a driver is considered legally drunk, with a BAC of .08 percent, he or she may suffer from a loss of speed control, perception impairments, and reduced concentration and alertness. All of these effects may affect the abilities of drivers to control their vehicles or adjust to hazards and other situations that may arise while on the road.
Working with an attorney
When people in Wisconsin are injured in collisions involving intoxicated drivers, it can have a devastating impact on them and their families. They often require medical treatment and, in some cases, may be unable to work. This may lead to undue medical expenses, as well as lost wages. Therefore, those who have experienced situations such as this may find it of benefit to consult with a legal representative. An attorney may help them understand their rights and options for seeking financial compensation.