We at Johnson Attorneys Group already know the dangers involved when a person gets behind the wheel to operate a vehicle after they have been drinking. You don't even have to be a personal injury lawyer to know that is risky business. The California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs estimates that 3 in every 10 Americans will find themselves involved in an alcohol-related accident during their lives! Each year thousands of American lose their lives because they or someone else was drunk driving.
Why does alcohol lead to so many accidents? Alcohol is known to be a depressant, meaning it slows down the ability of the central nervous system to function properly. This translates to a delay in normal brain function thus inhibiting that individual from functioning normally. Researchers have also found that alcohol affects an individual's hand-eye coordination and the information-processing skills a person has, otherwise known as their cognitive skills. The amount of alcohol consumed directly affects a person's ability to act in any given situation. Many people enjoy the loss of inhibition and mild euphoria they experience when drinking, but at what cost?
Unfortunately, its not just when an individual is behind the wheel of a motor vehicle when injuries related to alcohol consumption can be sustained. Just this week a man was injured while walking along San Diego railroad tracks with a friend late at night. A freight train traveling at about 5 miles per hour struck the man and he suffered severe injuries to both legs, the friend was not injured. The train operators were not aware they had struck anyone and continued on their schedule. Police officials indicated that the man had been drinking heavily before the accident.