How to know if you're sharing a Missouri road with a drunk driver

How often do you drive? Perhaps you're part of a daily commute to and from the workplace. Maybe you shuttle loads of kids around to various social, sports and school activities. Chances are, in addition to your parental or employment obligations, you also get behind wheel to run errands, attend meetings or go out with friends.

Every time you navigate a Missouri roadway, you're at risk for injury by collision. There are definitely issues and situations that greatly and immediately increase your risk. For instance, if you happen to be sharing the road with a drunk driver, your collision-risk level soars through the roof. That's why it's so critical to know how to recognize signs of drunk driving and where to seek support if a problem arises.

One person dies every 48 minutes

Drunk driving is a serious problem in the United States. Approximately one person dies as a result of drunk driving collision injuries every hour in Missouri and throughout the country. Consuming alcohol then driving a car can have disastrous effects. Alcohol affects every person's body differently.

You might be able to drink two drinks without your blood alcohol content level exceeding .08, which is the level that means a driver is legally intoxicated. However, another person might drink two similar drinks and have a problem.

Impaired vision, thinking and physical movements

A drunk driver will typically have to strain to think and see clearly, and he or she may struggle to conduct the necessary tasks to get a vehicle from one point to another. You can often notice a drunk driver because he or she will scrunch toward the edge of the driver's seat, tightly grip the wheel and lean his or her head toward the windshield.

Lack of muscle coordination and impaired brain function make safe operation of a motor vehicle nearly impossible. This is why drunk drivers often drift out of their lane, clip curbs around bends or randomly apply brakes in a manner that doesn't match the current traffic patterns.

Crash rates are high

Approximately one third of all collisions in the U.S. involve intoxicated drivers. If you happen to be on the road when there are a lot of male drivers out there, your chances of being involved in a drunk driving accident increase. This is because crash statistics show men are involved in drunk driving collisions more than women.

Support in the aftermath

The sudden impact of a drunk driving collision can cause severe, if not fatal, injuries. Your greatest priority after an accident is always to seek medical attention, no matter how serious or minor you believe your injuries might be. In fact, symptoms of many injuries are not always immediately apparent.

Beyond the physical consequences of a drunk driving accident, you're likely to suffer other damages as well, such as financial distress or legal problems. This is why many accident victims seek support from experienced personal injury attorneys during recovery.

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