Single-vehicle Accidents Resulting From Impaired Driving


May 26, 2017

Our Georgia Car Accident Lawyer reports that alcohol was a factor in a fatal crash on S. Highway 29. A twenty-two-year-old woman lost control of her car, and it went off the road, rolled over, and hit a tree. She was wearing her seatbelt, so she remained inside of her vehicle, but she was mortally wounded, and tragically died from her injuries at the scene of the wreck. Just twelve hours before that accident, another fatal crash happened nearby, on Boone Road. Drugs were a factor in that wreck, which claimed the life of one man.

Alcohol a Factor in Many Fatal Crashes

Single-vehicle accidents like the ones described above are more likely to result in fatalities than accidents involving multiple vehicles. One of the leading causes of single vehicle accidents is alcohol use, so it is no surprise that alcohol is a factor in many fatal crashes. Single vehicle accidents can happen in many ways, but there are some common single car accident scenarios. For example, as described above, a single vehicle will often go off of the road and either roll down an embankment, strike trees or rocks, or roll over and then strike something else.

When a driver drinks any amount of alcohol, their reaction time slows and their depth perception and judgment are diminished. A driver who operates their vehicle in this impaired state can easily misjudge a curve in the road or miss the chance to avoid a collision. Alcohol use can also make drivers sleepy, and they can black out behind the wheel. Refraining from alcohol use drastically reduces a driver's risk of being involved in a single-vehicle accident, or any wreck, for that matter.

Drugs and Driving Are a Deadly Combination

Alcohol isn't the only thing that impairs a driver's abilities and significantly increases the risk of a crash. Drug use, including the improper use of some prescription medications, affects the body in ways that are similar to the effects of alcohol. Reaction time slows down, and depth perception becomes altered. People who drive while under the influence of drugs often have difficulty staying in their lane, and even staying on the road, especially when navigating corners. They may not see traffic lights, pedestrians in crosswalks, and other road signs in time to respond appropriately to them. A driver who is under the influence of drugs is also more likely to drive too fast, because they may not be paying attention to their speed.

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If you have been injured or you lost a loved one in a crash that was caused by someone else's alcohol or drug use, you might feel as though you are at a loss for what to do next. You and your family need time to recover from your injury or your loss, and the idea of pursuing a claim may seem overwhelming. Fortunately, you do not have to go through the automobile accident claims process on your own. Contact our attorneys at Montlick & Associates to learn about your legal rights as well as what steps are necessary to protect those rights.

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Sources:

http://times-herald.com/news/2017/04/alcohol-suspected-in-fatal-car-crash

http://times-herald.com/news/2017/04/drugs-suspected-in-fatal-car-crash

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