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How impairment affects your ability to safely operate a vehicle

It may come as no secret that being involved in a major collision can be a traumatic experience. As you prepare to travel on Pennsylvania roads, you may choose to take every precaution to reduce the chances such an incident will occur, but you might not always be able to count on others to do the same.

As you may share the road with countless others each day, the potential of encountering a negligent driver is ever present. While there are a variety of circumstances in which the actions of another could place your health at risk, few scenarios may be as dangerous as finding yourself in the path of a drunk driver.

The impact of impairment

Drunk driving continues to be one of the leading causes of serious collisions. The presence of impairment can affect your ability to drive in various ways, some of which include:

  • Ability to make decisions: Alcohol can have a substantial impact on your ability to make certain judgement calls while driving, and any disruptions to your ability to make decisions could prove devastating.
  • Ability to respond: Those who operate a vehicle while impaired may also be less capable of processing and reacting to certain driving scenarios in a timely manner.
  • Motor skills: The influence of alcohol can also affect your motor skills and coordination, which are essential components to safely operating a motor vehicle.
  • Susceptible to distraction: Drunk drivers are also more susceptible to succumbing to distraction while driving, and mixing two of the leading causes of accidents together could prove a recipe for disaster.
  • Blurred vision: Alcohol can also have a detrimental impact on your vision, and attempting to operate a vehicle with reduced or blurry vision is never advisable.

Even if you take measures to avoid getting behind the wheel while under the influence, should you encounter another who doesn't make such sound decisions, the results could be catastrophic.

When disaster strikes

Should you suffer serious injuries in a collision involving a drunk driver, you might be facing an extensive amount in medical bills and a long road to recovery. Following the crash, you could choose to speak with someone with experience in such matters for guidance on your available options for legal recourse. In doing so, you could find yourself in a much better position to pursue the full amount of restitution you deserve and shift your focus toward entering the recovery period with piece of mind.

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