Drunk driving accidents have been a major problem on roads for decades. In the US, one person is killed by a drunk driver every 39 minutes. If that isn’t shocking enough, what’s worse is that every single one of those deaths could have been prevented.
The consequences of drunk driving accidents can be devastating, not only for the victims and their families but also for the drivers themselves. If you have ever thought of drinking before you get behind the wheel, here’s a rundown of the consequences. It might make you think twice about driving while impaired or allowing anyone else to.
The Physical Consequences
Drunk driving accidents can cause severe physical injuries that can lead to permanent disabilities or even death. Some of the common injuries sustained by people hit by drunk drivers include broken bones, head injuries, spinal cord injuries, and internal injuries. These injuries can require long-term medical care, surgeries, and rehabilitation. Victims may suffer from chronic pain, limited mobility, and diminished quality of life. In some cases, victims may never fully recover from their injuries or even die.
The Emotional Consequences
Drunk driving accidents can cause emotional trauma to victims and their families. Victims may suffer from anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other mental health issues. Families of victims may also experience grief, anger, and depression. For many, the emotional effects of a drunk driving accident can last a lifetime. If you lose someone because of the actions of another, it is very hard to forgive that individual, which makes it difficult to move on.
The Financial Consequences
Drunk driving accidents can cause significant financial strain on victims and their families. Medical bills can quickly pile up, and victims may need to take time off work to recover from their injuries. In some cases, victims may never be able to return to work, leading to lost income and financial hardship. Additionally, property damage to vehicles and other personal belongings can also be costly to repair or replace.
Drunk driving accidents can have serious legal consequences. Drivers who are caught driving under the influence (DUI) can face fines, license suspension, and even jail time. In some cases, drivers may be charged with vehicular homicide or manslaughter, leading to even more severe legal consequences. Even if the driver is not charged with a crime, they may still be held liable for damages in a civil lawsuit.
If you know someone who has been drinking and plans to drive, it’s important to intervene and prevent them from getting behind the wheel. Offer to give them a ride or call a cab for them. It’s better to inconvenience someone than to risk their safety and the safety of others on the road.
Drunk driving accidents can have devastating consequences that can affect individuals, families, and society as a whole. Remember, it only takes one bad decision to change lives forever. Stay safe, and don’t drink and drive.
If you have been injured in a drunk driver accident, speak to one of our lawyers at Mama Justice MW Law Firm for advice.
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