Alcohol and drugs have negative effects on the body, making their users more vulnerable to traffic accidents. The worst cases of these accidents involve innocent parties, such as passengers, other car drivers, pedestrians, and bystanders.
Effects on Body
Alcohol and drugs can impair their users, compromising their driving skills and other faculties. The following are the most common effects on the body:
- Limited comprehension skills
- Limited reaction time
- Poor body coordination
- Poor judgment on the road
- Tendency to be reckless
- Vision problems
Injuries in Accidents
Many DUI accidents involve high speed, because DUI drivers have the tendency to be reckless. For this reason, many DUI accidents result into bodily injury. The following are the most common injuries one can sustain:
Head injury: Facial disfigurement and brain trauma are common among DUI accidents, as heads can hit hard objects like steering wheels, windshields, and headrests and hard surfaces like pavements.
Neck and back injury: This kind of injury mostly occurs because the body is caught off-guard. Since the body is in a relaxed state, the force of the collision can break or strain the neck and the spinal cord.
Chest injury: Problems in the chest area, such as broken ribs, can also be sustained because of the impact of the accident. Many of these problems are caused by stress sustained from airbags and seatbelts.
Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is against the law. Written below are the possible penalties DUI drivers can suffer from:
Fines: Fines can reach up to several hundreds or thousands of dollars, depending on the gravity of the offense.
License Revocation: Your license can be suspended or revoked for up to 10 years if you are caught driving under the influence.
Jail Time: You can also be subject to a minimum jail time of 24 hours. The worst offenders can even be on jail for years.
The weight of the penalties depend on the jurisdiction, gravity of the offense, and the number of times the offender has committed the illegal act of DUI.