Common types of DUI crashes

It can be difficult to deal with an arrest for driving under the influence, but it is even more troubling if you are dealing with a DUI arrest due to crashing into another car or object. Many fatalities arise from drunk driving accidents.

Driving under the influence of alcohol accounts for 28 percent off all traffic fatalities. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, alcohol-impaired driving caused the death of over 10,000 individuals in 2016. What are the most common types of crashes that intoxicated drivers cause?

Head-on collisions

Blacking out due to intoxication, or just due to general impairment can make it difficult to stay in the correct lane. Head-on collisions have a very high fatality rate, as they often occur at high speeds. This creates a scary situation for all drivers and passengers on the road.

Rear-end collisions

When you are impaired, your depth perception as well as reaction time are inhibited. If you are following too closely behind a car, slowing down in time to not hit them can be difficult and you may find yourself in a rear-end accident.

Driving into a stationary object

Not all drunk driving accidents are accidents with another car, as intoxicated drivers have been known to drive into buildings, poles and ditches. These accidents can be life-threatening for the driver as well as come with hefty fines for the damage caused to public property.

Hitting a pedestrian

It is all too common for alcohol-impaired drivers to hit a pedestrian while they are on the road. Cognitive function can hinder a driver to the point where they may not be able to see a pedestrian or stop in time before hitting them.

Instead of hopping in your car after drinking, it may be wise to call a sober friend, cab or rideshare service to get you home safely. Knowing that you have a sober cab will make sure no one is injured, or worse, in a drunk driving accident.

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