Dangers of Drink Driving
Every driver knows that you should never drive drunk, and most people wouldn’t even think of getting into their vehicle after they have had a few drinks. However, it can be tempting if you have only had a drink or two to drive home if it isn’t far and you don’t feel intoxicated. The facts and figures for drink driving are conclusive, though. If you have been drinking, you are seven times more likely to have a crash than if you haven’t had any drinks at all. The more you have had to drink, the more likely this becomes. There are also other factors that make drinking and driving unwise; here are a few of them.
Risk of Accident
If you have been drinking, even if you don’t feel drunk, your responses will be slower and you will be less aware of the road. If you think about how drinking makes you feel hazier and less in control, this is exactly what it does to you behind the wheel of a car as well.
Even if you know the route well and aren’t travelling far, you cannot predict exactly what is going to happen on your journey and may not be able to react quickly enough to avoid an accident if you do come across something unexpected.
Risk of Being Pulled Over
You don’t need to be driving carelessly to be pulled over; from time to time you may be stopped for something that doesn’t relate to your driving. If you are pulled over and the police can smell alcohol on you, they are within their rights to make you take a breathalyser test. This will show how much alcohol there is in your system, and if you are over the legal limit you can be arrested and charged.
You may end up with points on your licence or even losing it altogether if you have been drinking. How much alcohol it takes for you to be over the limit is not an exact science, so you can never predict how many drinks will lead to you driving illegally. It is best not to have any alcoholic drinks whatsoever if you plan on driving.
If you are involved in an accident and have been drinking, not only will this invalidate your insurance but it can also give the other driver a great case for compensation against you. This means that you will have to pay for the repairs to your car and the other person’s car, as well as possibly pay out a hefty sum in compensation.
Find a Specialist Injury Lawyer in Malmesbury
If you have been involved in an accident where you have not been drinking, but the other driver has, find a specialist injury lawyer in Malmesbury and make a compensation claim. Accident Advice Helpline can help you to find a specialist injury lawyer in Malmesbury who will work on your behalf to make your compensation claim. Your specialist injury lawyer in Malmesbury will work on a 100% no win no fee basis, so you don’t have anything to lose. Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 to get started.
Date Published: 12th October 2013
Author: Emma Matthews