How Does Alcohol Affect Drivers

Driving is something that requires the use of your hands, eyes, and feet to properly control a vehicle. Alcohol is a substance that impacts a driver’s brain, and therefore, all of the functions that the brain normally controls. Here’s how someone behind the wheel is impacted if they are under the influence of alcohol.

Visual Impairment

Alcohol can slow eye muscle function, alter eye movements, and impact vision perception. This can cause blurred or crossed vision, making it difficult for drivers to see the road or other vehicles ahead of them. Since a majority of drinking activity occurs at night, the natural decrease in visibility when it’s dark can make visual impairment even more dangerous.

Alcohol Causes A Slower Reaction Time

Alcohol slows a driver’s reaction time. Reflexes, such as braking or last-minute steering maneuvers, are necessary behind the wheel because road conditions can change in the blink of an eye. Slow reactions, for instance, can mean a driver under the influence cannot brake in time when they see a stop sign, red light, or a vehicle ahead of them.

Alcohol Causes A Lower Concentration and Vigilance

Those behind the wheel must be alert and able to multitask. However, drivers under the influence of alcohol can have difficulty concentrating on all the things they must do to stay safe and prevent accidents. They may not signal or yield to pedestrians who have the right of way. They can also be more susceptible to distractions, such as by texts, passengers in the car, or even other drivers.

Injured in a Drunk Driving Accident?

The results of drunk driving accidents can be absolutely devastating. If you or a loved one is injured in an accident involving an intoxicated driver, you need immediate legal representation. The person who caused your accident should be held liable for the damages you incurred on top of possible criminal charges they may be facing.

Our team of Mississippi car accident attorneys will fight on your behalf to help you obtain the compensation you need to recover physically, emotionally, and financially.

We have offices in Southaven and Hernando and serve the surrounding areas as well. Contact our firm at (662) 222-0597 to schedule your free case review and learn more about your legal options.