While searching about car accidents or personal injury claims, you may have stumbled upon some articles claiming that drunk driving increases your chances of survival. There are endless news stories talking about drinking before driving a car. According to these stories, a drunk driver mostly remains unharmed during the accident. It is believed that drinking walks away from the scenes of the accident unharmed. While some believe that the drunk driver conceived fewer injuries as compared to a normal driver.
But is it really true? Are these arguments validated or backed by any scientific studies there merely a false belief? It seems unsound to take a shot of alcohol before coming on the roads then how is it going to help you survive the injuries. In this post, we will dive into the possible effects of drunk driving. You will come to know whether drunk driving can save you from the injuries or not. Besides that, you will also be told how drunk driving can impact on your road accident claim.
Why Do People Believe This Myth?
It seems pretty obvious that drunk driving is not safe at all. There are a lot of potential risks you are confronting when you are driving under the influence of alcohol. It increases your chances of accidents. So what is the reason people believe that drunk driving can save themselves from severe injuries?
It is believed that alcohol consumption makes you less reactive. Normally, when a person gets into an accident, the immediate reaction is to slam the foot on the brakes of the car. It causes the car to roll over or slide and get hit with another car. Besides that, it decreases the time of deceleration. So it increases the chances of conceiving a severe injury in the car accident.
Alcohol consumption, on the other hand, decreases the reaction time of a person and makes a person less reactive. In this way, the person lets the body go with the flow that absorbs the shock of the accident and causes less harm to the body. So, it saves a person from getting severe injuries in a car accident due to the relaxed body condition. Hence, people think that a drunk driver gets fewer injuries.
Do Drunk Drivers Survive The Injuries?
Till now, you have come to know about the reasons people believe that being drunk is going to protect them against any severe injury in the car. But let us check the validity of this fact to know whether the myth is true or just a misunderstanding.
To check the impacts of drunk driving on the accident, a study was conducted on one million drivers. According to the results of this study, the rate of death and injury of drunk drivers is relatively higher compared to that of non-drinkers. Drunk drivers are twice as likely to suffer a brain injury as compared to those who do not drive after drinking. Another study showed that drunk drivers are 4 times more at risk of conceiving severe injuries as compared to those who do not drive under the influence of alcohol.
Taking into account the results of both studies, it is clear that there is no way alcohol consumption is going to protect you in case of an accident. Contrary to what people believe, it is even riskier to drive when you are under the influence of alcohol. It also increases the time it takes to heal your injuries as it becomes difficult to diagnose the injuries. You may experience blood clotting problems, prolonged inflammation and a decrease in the body’s tolerance level. It also increases the risk of brain and spinal cord injuries.
Why Alcohol Makes Your Injuries Worse In An Accident?
Alcohol consumption not only increases your chances of getting into an accident but it is also responsible for making your injuries grave. It worsens the situation when you get into an accident under the influence of alcohol. Alcohol present in your body meddles with the proper diagnosis of the injuries caused by the accident. So, the doctors cannot do a proper assessment of the injured persons. Due to the alcoholic effect, the body is unable to process the medicines that are vital for its survival.
There are some cases where the doctors have to wait for some time before injecting the person or giving anaesthesia. It is due to the fact that your body is already under the influence of alcohol. While there are some cases where the doctors are unable to identify the injuries caused by the accident. It happens when the body conceals the symptoms of these injuries due to the alcoholic effect. It makes the situation even worse and decreases the chances of survival of the victim.
Taking into consideration all the effects of alcohol consumption on your body, it is safe to say that there is no benefit of drunk driving. Instead of protecting you from the injuries, it makes your injuries worse and decreases your chances of living.
Can You Get A Road Accident Claim?
When you get into a car accident, you can make a road accident claim if the fault is not yours. It is the amount of compensation that covers all the expenses you have to bear due to the accident. The insurance company of the other party (who is at fault) compensates you for these expenses. Your travelling and medical expenses and loss of income are normally covered in a road accident claims. You just have to make your injury claim within the three-year time limit after getting into an accident.
However, the situation is not similar when you are under the influence of alcohol. You may not be able to get your road accident claim when you are drunk. It is because drunk driving is illegal. So you got into an accident when you were committing an unlawful act. In this way, you may lose your amount of compensation. Instead, you may be sued and a road accident claim may be filed against you. So never come out on the roads when you have drunk.