There are many types of car accidents that impact Georgia residents. Those caused by drunk drivers are among the deadliest.
How many people die in drunk driving-related car accidents?
Car accidents caused by drunk driving often result in deaths. On average, more than 10,000 people die annually because of this serious problem. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, around 30 people die daily because of drivers who were under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash. Sadly, many alcohol-related car accidents are preventable.
Why is drunk driving so dangerous?
Driving drunk is a dangerous practice because of the way alcohol affects the body. When a person consumes a certain amount of alcohol, it can raise their blood alcohol concentration over the legal limit of .08. However, some people can become intoxicated even when they have had only a single drink and their level is below that amount. The way alcohol affects a person depends on a variety of factors such as their body composition, weight, gender, age and whether they have any food in their system.
Alcohol can seriously impair a person’s ability to drive safely. It affects their judgment, reaction time, decision-making process and coordination. A driver who is drunk may not be able to effectively control the steering wheel, slow down or stop in time before recognizing danger. Driving drunk could also lead a person to believe they are safe behind the wheel until a car crash occurs.
There are ways to prevent deadly drunk driving accidents. Getting a ride when you plan on drinking or sleeping it off and driving when you’re sober can save lives, including your own.