We hear about it all the time. A completely avoidable drunk driving accident has killed or severely injured yet another Louisiana victim. In the digital age, we all have fast access to accident reports and information about alcohol’s effect on the body. So, why do people continue to drive while drunk?
As you may or may not know, alcohol use can change the human brain. It lowers a person’s inhibitions, causing them to engage in risky or forbidden behaviors. It also affects how people make decisions. Needless to say, this means that most people are not capable of making wise decisions when they are intoxicated. Unfortunately, poor decision-making skills can and do lead to serious drunk driving accidents.
Some people who continue to drink and drive are addicted to alcohol, meaning that they cannot function without a drink. While it is easy to sympathize with alcoholics, forgiveness is usually out of the question.
Making stricter laws for driving under the influence (DUI) is not enough to stop these behaviors. So, what will deter people from drunk driving? As injury attorneys, we have a unique perspective. We have seen many alcoholics and habitual drunk drivers who caused a crash change after a personal injury claim.
Perhaps it is the public shame and humiliation associated with drunk driving accidents that result in these changes. On the other hand, maybe being the cause of someone’s pain and suffering causes a drunk driver to hit rock bottom and realize that he or she needs to change.
As you can see, both victims and lawyers have important roles to play in helping reduce or even one day end DUI accidents. Please consider filing a claim if you have suffered injuries in a drunk driving crash. You can learn more about your legal options by continuing to explore our website.