When you get behind the wheel of a car to drive in Rhode Island or elsewhere or travel as a passenger in someone else’s vehicle, you have a right to reasonably expect that nearby motorists will fulfill their obligation to adhere to traffic laws. If a person makes an irresponsible decision to drive after consuming alcohol, you might be the one who suffers if a collision occurs.
There is no legitimate excuse for driving under the influence of alcohol. Stringent laws are in place to deter such behavior in order to help keep you and all others safe while traveling. If a drunk driver hits you and you suffer injury, the results might forever change your life, especially if your injuries cause permanent disability.
Things that drivers say about getting behind the wheel after consuming alcohol
If you’re going out on a date or to hang out with friends and you know you’ll be consuming alcohol, it’s up to you to arrange for safe transportation. The only decisions you have control over, however, are your own. There’s not much you can do about another person’s actions. The following list shows numerous reasons people often cite as to why they got behind the wheel to drive after drinking:
- Destination was not far away
- Felt sober at the time
- Thought they could do it without getting pulled over
- Didn’t have an alternative means of transportation
It’s unrealistic to say there are no alternatives available regarding finding safe transportation to avoid drunk driving. In addition to ride share services, the average person has a friend or family member that he or she can ask for a ride. Why should you suffer injury because another driver chose to get behind the wheel because he or she was only a few miles from home?
Alcohol affects each person differently. Feeling sober and being legally sober enough to operate a motor vehicle are two separate issues. If a driver is exhibiting signs of intoxication, chances are high that he or she will get pulled over or crash.
If another person’s intoxication causes you injury
If you suffer injury in a collision that was undoubtedly preventable, were it not for the other driver’s irresponsible decision to drive after consuming alcohol, you should not have to bear the full financial burdens associated with the incident. Medical bills, car repairs, loss of income due to time off work and other financial distress intensifies suffering in the aftermath of a crash.
Building a strong support network from the start is the key to achieving as full a recovery as possible after suffering damages caused by another person’s negligence or reckless driving behavior.