April is officially known as Alcohol Awareness Month, a time to reflect on the dangers posed by excessive drinking. As experienced personal injury attorneys in Dothan, Alabama, the lawyers at The Gil Law Firm have seen how alcohol consumption can make even simple activities much more dangerous—even life-threatening. They're here to share some sobering facts on alcohol consumption in the United States.
The most obvious threat posed by alcohol is people who drive under the influence, an act which results in the death of 28 people every day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This amounts to a death every 53 minutes, with an annual cost of more than $44 billion. In fact, almost a third of all traffic-related deaths can be at least partially blamed on alcohol.
However, the effects of alcohol increase the risks of injury in almost every situation, not just on the road. People who are intoxicated have slower reflexes, impaired balance, and a distorted assessment of their own abilities, creating an environment for accidents that may otherwise be prevented.
While there is no guaranteed way to drink safely, The Gil Law Firm's personal injury attorneys advise everyone to:
- Avoid Potentially Risky Behavior: Avoid operating heavy machinery, including automobiles, as well as swimming and other dangerous activities while under the influence of alcohol.
- Take Care Of Your Friends: Watch out for friends who have been drinking and always have a designated driver.
- Continue To Be Careful The Day After Drinking: Remember your abilities and judgment may still be impaired the next day. Don't get involved in strenuous activities and make sure to rehydrate.
Whether you've been injured by a drunk driver or hurt in a situation caused by alcohol, the attorneys at The Gil Law Firm are here to help. They provide a wide range of legal services, from bankruptcy to personal injury representation, and will help you collect the compensation you deserve. Visit their website to learn more, or call (334) 673-0100 to schedule a consultation in Dothan today.