Millions of Americans look forward to Super Bowl Sunday. Delicious food, an over-the-top halftime show, and the excitement of the Big Game are just a few reasons why the Super Bowl is one of the world’s most-watched broadcasts. Unfortunately, the festivities will come to an abrupt and tragic end for hundreds of drivers, passengers, and pedestrians who are involved in drunk-driving accidents.
According to research cited by Snopes, car crash rates increase by 41 percent in the hours immediately after the Super Bowl. The primary reasons for this spike include alcohol consumption, fatigue, and distracted driving.
If you are hurt in a crash with a negligent driver on Super Bowl Sunday, turn to Ballard Law, PLLC. William E. Ballard is a car wreck lawyer in Jackson who will help you claim the maximum compensation from the at-fault motorist.
Mr. Ballard will gather evidence, interview witnesses, and aggressively represent your interests. Call 769-572-5111 to arrange a free consultation. You can also learn more about drunk-driving accident claims in Mississippi by visiting the USAttorneys website.
8 Ways Alcohol Will Impair Your Ability to Drive Safely
Drunk driving is one of the most common criminal violations in the United States. Mississippi is no exception: The Department of Transportation reports that drunk-driving fatalities represented 31 percent of total traffic deaths in Mississippi in 2012. That means nearly one-third of all traffic fatalities could have been prevented if drivers had chosen to behave responsibly.
It is a common misconception that it is safe to operate a vehicle with a blood-alcohol concentration below 0.08 percent. According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, just a few drinks is enough to slow down the functions of your central nervous system, delay your reaction time, affect information-processing skills, and impair hand-eye coordination.
Many people who would never driver under the influence choose to make an exception on Super Bowl Sunday. Don’t make this mistake.
In addition to potentially facing DUI charges, you might cause an accident and injure yourself or another person. If you are convinced that it is safe to drive drunk, consider how these proven effects of alcohol will affect your performance behind the wheel:
- Impaired vision;
- Slower reaction time;
- Loss of focus;
- Impaired sensory functions;
- Inability to multi-task;
- Poor decision-making; and
- A higher likelihood of taking unnecessary risks on the road.
Unfortunately, even if you choose to remain sober on Super Bowl Sunday, you cannot control the actions of other motorists. If you are injured or lose a family member due to a drunk, distracted or negligent driver, contact Ballard Law, PLLC.
William E. Ballard is an injury attorney in Jackson who will help you pursue justice and compensation from the at-fault motorist. He will help you avoid mistakes such as overlooking certain damages, accepting a low settlement, unknowingly admitting fault, signing a general release, or making recorded statements to insurance adjusters. Call 769-572-5111 to schedule a free consultation.