Although most people in California know that drunk driving is extremely dangerous, there are still a fair number of individuals who choose to drink and drive. These motorists put others in grave danger. A drunk driving accident can leave a victim with serious injuries that can have long-lasting and sometimes lifelong effects. These victims may suffer a permanent disability, crippling financial loss and emotional harm that is overwhelming.So how, exactly, does alcohol use affect one's driving abilities? There are a number of ways. To start, alcohol can reduce an individual's reaction time. This means they may wind up braking too slowly to adequately stop for halted or slowed traffic, and they can fail to avoid traffic hazards. A delayed reaction time may also keep a drunk driver from appropriately yielding to pedestrians. But slow reaction time is not the only way that alcohol affects an individual's ability to drive safely. Additionally, alcohol can impair an individual's judgment, affect their ability to multitask and inhibit their ability to maintain proper speed and lane control. These diminished capacities can result in head-on collisions, high-speed rear-end wrecks and T-bone crashes that result from running red lights or stop signs.The sad reality is that more than 10,000 people nationwide are killed in alcohol-related accidents every year. Despite the enforcement of drunk driving laws and public awareness campaigns highlighting the dangers of drunk driving, these alcohol-related wrecks are going to continue to occur for the foreseeable future. Therefore, victims of drunk driving accidents need to take matters into their own hands if they want to try to recoup their losses, find accountability and obtain closure. This often means pursuing a personal injury lawsuit. With the right help, it is possible to gather the evidence and develop the legal arguments needed to put forth a strong claim.
Injuries can fall anywhere on a spectrum of severity. Some of them are so minor that they don't even disrupt an individual's day-to-day life. Others, though, are so severe that they leave an individual permanently disabled. This latter group of people can find it challenging to make ends meet at a time when they struggle to recoup as much of their life as is possible under the circumstances. This can leave them completely overwhelmed.
A few weeks ago, this blog we discussed the costs associated with treating a spinal cord injury. While a spinal cord injury can certainly be catastrophic and life-altering, it is not the only type of harm that can completely upend a Californian's well-being. Traumatic brain injuries can also have a profound impact on an individual's life, requiring him or her to completely change the way he or she lives.
Those individuals in California who are injured by the negligence of another can face a variety of harms. Some are lucky enough to escape a car accident with little more than a few bumps and bruises. Others aren't so fortunate. They may suffer from traumatic brain injuries that leave them cognitively, physically and behaviorally impaired, or they may wind up needing amputation of a major limb. These catastrophic injuries can completely change an individual's life, making it hard -- if not impossible -- for him or her to live what was once considered a normal life.