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How myths cause drunk driving accidents

On Behalf of | Jun 2, 2023 | Drunk Driving Accidents |

Drunk driving is one of the biggest causes of auto accidents. Alcohol can dull people’s brain function. In other words, drunk drivers often have impaired vision, worse judgment skills and reduced muscle control. Drunk driving accidents often occur at night, but there have been cases where drunk driving accidents occurred while the sun was out.

Despite laws prohibiting drunk driving, it still occurs frequently. Why is drunk driving so common? It’s likely because many drunk drivers practice common misconceptions. What type of myths cause drunk driving accidents? Here’s what you should know:

Drinking coffee doesn’t make a driver less drunk

One thing many people believe is that coffee negates drunkenness. Alcohol is a depressant and coffee is a stimulant. So, in theory. the two would cancel each other out. But, science says otherwise.

The truth is that coffee doesn’t help people metabolize coffee any more than an energy drink would. Instead, drunk drivers may feel more alert, but are likely at higher risk of causing accidents. 

Slowing down doesn’t mean a drunk driver is safer

Another way people will try to avoid getting caught drunk driving is by driving slowly. The intent is to reduce the suspicion of the police and avoid causing accidents. However, accidents can still happen.

A drunk driver may still violate traffic laws and end up causing an accident. Or, a drunk driver may forget to do basic actions such as turning on headlights at night or indicating a turn. As a result, they may cause an accident. 

It’s often important to be aware of your rights if you’re in an accident. You may need to reach out for legal help if you’re seeking compensation for your injuries and losses.