Every 51 minutes, someone dies in a drunk driving accident in the United States. If you're drinking and choose not to drive, you could quite literally be saving a life—not to mention preventing any number of personal injuries. Below are three ways not drinking and driving prevents personal injury and more.
3 Ways Sober Driving Prevents Injury
1. Alcohol Impairs Judgment
When we drink, our decision-making capacity is compromised, and it's easier to make poor choices. The choice to get behind the wheel when inebriated often seems, in the moment, to be no big deal. But it's unfortunately a very big deal, and by accepting alternatives (having a designated driver, calling a cab, staying where you are), you are preventing injury to yourself and others.
2. Alcohol Affects Your Ability To Drive
Alcohol impacts our depth perception, making safe driving virtually impossible. Furthermore, alcohol can trick us into believing we're driving normally when we're not. By not drinking and driving, you are remaining in charge of your depth perception and cognition, averting a course that could easily lead to injury.
3. Alcohol Can Exacerbate Injuries
If you were drinking and then involved in an accident that resulted in personal injury, the alcohol in your system could hinder your body's innate abilities to heal. For instance, alcohol can thin the blood, making clotting a challenge—if you've sustained an injury where you’re bleeding excessively, clotting is necessary to stop the blood flow. Another example: you've broken bones but the anesthetic effect of alcohol has made you unaware of the extent of your injury. By choosing not to drink and drive, you are taking care of your body.
If you've been in a drunk driving accident and experienced a personal injury, call The Gil Law Firm in Dothan, Alabama, at (334) 673-0100 to schedule a consultation with an attorney. You can also visit the firm on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on important news and information. When you make the decision to not drink and drive, you are making the wisest, most compassionate choice for yourself and all others on the roadways.