You always face a certain level of risk from drunk drivers. Even if you don’t drink alcohol yourself, someone around you may be impaired and they could make a mistake that causes an accident. For instance, a drunk driver may drift over the centerline or drive the wrong way down the interstate.
At the same time, though, most people understand that drunk driving is dangerous. You’d think they’d avoid it. Why do you face this risk? One potential reason is that these drivers just don’t understand that they are still intoxicated.
They can’t sober up with anything but time
There are a few reasons this happens, but one of the most common is that drivers just think they can do things to sober up. They don’t realize that it’s impossible to become more sober unless you simply wait long enough for your body to get rid of the alcohol in your system.
This can lead to drivers doing things like drinking a large glass of water, getting a cup of coffee, taking a cold shower or eating a big meal after drinking and before driving home again. They think of these as “tricks” that can make it safe for them to drive.
But there’s nothing that can make it safe if they’re already intoxicated. A big meal just makes them feel full and makes them more tired. Coffee makes them alert, but they’re still drunk. The same goes for a shower. If people try these tactics and then get in the car, they may feel that they are acting safely, but they’re still putting you in danger.
What if you get hit?
If you do end up getting hit by a drunk driver and you suffer serious injuries or a loved one passes away, then you need to know how to seek financial compensation.