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Impaired driving: always dangerous, always preventable

There are many reasons why car accidents happen, and sadly, many of them are preventable. While it can be difficult to determine what caused your accident and how you should move forward after a crash, you do not have to wade through the complicated aftermath alone.

Impaired driving is a common problem and one of the most common reasons that accidents happen. From drunk driving to distracted driving, individuals who operate vehicles while impaired place themselves and other Florida drivers at risk for an accident. If you were hurt in a recent accident, chances are that a type of impaired driving played a role in what happened to you.

The dangers of intoxication

There are many things that can affect a driver's abilities to safely operate a motor vehicle, but intoxication is one of the most dangerous. Both alcohol and drugs can impair a driver, leading to a higher chance of an accident. Consider these facts about intoxicated driving:

  • An intoxicated individual plays a role in approximately one-third of all accidents.
  • A quarter of all accidents involving teenagers also involve underage drinking.
  • Alcohol impacts the mental function and reaction time of drivers.
  • Drugs can affect a driver's motor skills, cognitive abilities and more.

Any time a driver has something in his or her system that affects the ability to think clearly, recognize dangers and react to them appropriately, that falls into the category of impaired driving. This can also include the effects that prescription drugs can have on a person.

Other types of impairment

Impairment does not just come from drugs and alcohol. There are other things that can impair a driver's ability to operate a vehicle safely, and one of those is distraction. Distracted driving is a very serious threat to the health and safety of anyone on the road.

Cell phones, navigation systems and even talking to a passenger can affect the way a driver thinks, reacts and adapts to hazards. Distraction is a type of impaired driving, and it is one of the leading causes of car accidents.

Your rights as a victim

If you were hurt because of an impaired driver, it is possible to hold that individual accountable for your pain and suffering, as well as your financial losses. You can begin this process as soon as possible after an accident, taking immediate action to gather evidence, secure help and begin to build a strong personal injury claim.

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