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How intoxication can severely limit one's ability to drive safely

There are a multitude of scenarios in which a dangerous motor vehicle accident can occur, some of which may be more prevalent than others. Chances are, you probably consider your safety to be a top priority and wish to protect it by remaining sober and alert while strictly adhering to Indiana state traffic laws.

Unfortunately, you cannot control the actions of those around you, and your safety may rest partially in the hands of other drivers. Should another party choose to operate a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, you could be the one who suffers the consequences.

Driving under the influence of alcohol

Accidents involving intoxicated drivers are far too common, and each one has the potential to end in catastrophe. This type of negligence can alter a person's ability to operate a motor vehicle in a variety of ways, which may include the following:

  • Lack of awareness: Those who operate a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol may have severely limited awareness of their surroundings, which can make it challenging to maintain proper lane control or speed.
  • Lack of concentration: This type of impairment can also have a substantial impact on a person's concentration, and those who are easily distracted or unable to focus on the task at hand while driving may place others nearby at risk.
  • Disruption in thought process: Individuals who operate a vehicle while intoxicated may temporarily lack the mental capacity to handle certain situations that would otherwise be considered normal everyday driving scenarios.
  • Reduced response time: Intoxication can also reduce a person's ability to react to a multitude of scenarios on the road, which can be exceedingly dangerous.
  • Limited vision: This form of negligence can also severely limit a driver's vision, potentially making it much more challenging to track nearby vehicles.

If you encounter an intoxicated driver, you may find it difficult, if not impossible, to react in time to avoid a collision. Suffering serious injuries in a situation over which you have little to no control can be a difficult thing to accept, and may leave you in search of some much-needed compensation.

What comes next?

With the extensive costs of medical care, and the likelihood of an extended recovery period, you may be in search of restitution following your accident. Since the process can be somewhat complex, it might be in your best interests to seek guidance from someone with experience in handling such intricate matters. Obtaining assistance early on could help you become better prepared to pursue the full amount of compensation to which you're entitled through a personal injury claim.

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