It may be difficult to tell a drunk from a distracted driver when you’re on the road. Both drive very erratically at times.
The drunk driver is operating under the influence of alcohol, while the distracted driver could be operating under the influence of any number of things. These include music, eating, a phone conversation, texting, passengers and various types of grooming.
You may wonder which of the two reckless driving behaviors described above is more dangerous. It depends. Statistically speaking, drunk driving has decreased. Unfortunately, distracted driving has skyrocketed.
Why do these driving behaviors pose a safety risk?
Safe driving requires being able to stay in your lane, maintaining a lawful and safe speed, watching out for any hazards or obstructions on the road and being aware of the vehicles all around you. A person who drives under the influence of alcohol generally experiences impaired reactions. Their driving skills may decline due to delayed reaction times.
A distracted driver can make serious errors. In addition to delayed reaction times, they may lack judgment because they’re doing too many things at once.
What impact does drunk or distracted driving have on the rest of us?
Drunk driving is a serious concern here in the United States. Annually, roughly 10,000 individuals lose their lives to drunk motorists. An additional 300,000 suffer injuries. Men between the ages of 26 and 29 are to blame for 20% of these road incidents.
Distracted driving claims the lives of 3,500 people annually, with another 400,000 suffering injuries. Females between the ages of 16 and 24 are largely responsible for these road events.
What to do if you suffered injuries in a distracted or drunk driving accident
You owe it to yourself and others to hold a negligent motorist accountable for their actions that resulted in your injuries. Proving liability may not be easy. You may want to read over the resources here on our website to learn more about all that goes into filing a claim.