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The Deadly Interplay Between Speed and Alcohol

March 05, 2016

Recently, a Gwinnett County car crash tragically killed an 11-month old toddler and his father. Police report that alcohol and speed were a factor in the crash. The crash occurred when another vehicle skidded across the roadway and collided head-on with the vehicle carrying the toddler and his parents. Now, the mother of the deceased toddler is fighting for her life following the deadly accident.

This crash is just one of many involving a combination of speed and alcohol. Speed and alcohol so often combine to form a disastrous combination that threatens the lives of all other road users. At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, our Atlanta car accident attorneys have assisted a number of car accident victims injured due to other drivers who become intoxicated and then speed. We understand the danger these drivers pose and fight for a full monetary recovery of our injured clients.

Why Drunk Drivers Might Speed

Consuming alcohol will cause a driver's skills to diminish, resulting in significant impairment. Alcohol effects the central nervous system and mental functions, causing drivers to violate a number of traffic laws. Impaired drivers could run red lights and fail to stop in time to avoid obstacles.

In addition to these dangerous behaviors, many drunk drivers are highly likely to speed. There are a few factors, among others that contribute to drivers who speed while intoxicated:

  • Drunk drivers can be eager to reach their destination and will speed due to a lack of inhibition;
  • Drivers might speed when drunk if they have lost the ability to judge how fast they are going;
  • Drunk drivers can even be unable to coherently read the speedometer and might not know how fast they are going;
  • Alcohol can produce a state of belligerence, leading to reckless behavior and, in turn, speeding.

Avoiding Drunk Drivers

Drunk drivers can place you at significant risk of an accident. To avoid being injured by a drunk driver, it is best to steer clear of these drivers. There are several factors you can look for to spot a drunk driver, including, but not limited to:

  • Erratic braking
  • Weaving in and out of lanes
  • Excessive speed
  • Extremely slow driving
  • Driving without headlights
  • Driving on the wrong side of the road
  • Following too closely
  • Straddling the center lane
  • Stopping inappropriately
  • Inconsistent signals

If you suspect a driver to be intoxicated, stay far behind the vehicle. Be sure you and all passengers in your vehicle are buckled. Report suspected drunk drivers to state or local police by dialing 911 or calling your local sheriff's office. Never attempt to pass the drunk driver and do not follow too closely as this could place you at risk of an accident.

Montlick & Associates, P.C.: Put Our Over 38 Years of Experience to Work on Your Case

If you have been injured in a car accident, you should be eligible to seek compensation from the driver responsible for the accident. The Atlanta Car Accident Attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, assist accident victims in Georgia and in the Southeast. Our firm has over 38 years of experience that we will dedicate to your case and our attorneys provide a wealth of knowledge and compassion to enhance your ability to obtain a full monetary recovery. The sooner you act after your accident, the greater your chances of reaching the best possible outcome. As such, it is important that you seek the assistance of a licensed lawyer as soon as possible. Call Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.


Category: Auto Accidents

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