A drunk driver may never see you

On Behalf of | Jun 27, 2022 | Car accidents

There are a lot of reasons why drinking and driving increase the odds of an accident. For example, alcohol impairs people’s ability to make sound judgments, so they may make mistakes behind the wheel. Alcohol can also make you feel more tired, since it’s a depressant, so people may be more likely to nod off while they’re driving.

One of the serious risks that alcohol creates is that it can make it harder for a driver to see other vehicles. In fact, if you get hit by a drunk driver, they may be shocked after the accident. They’ll tell you that they never saw your car. In some cases, they may even accuse you of speeding or making driving mistakes yourself, thus explaining why your vehicle suddenly showed up. But what really happened here?

Impairing your vision

The issue is that alcohol can lead to double vision. Some people also called this blurry vision. Essentially, it becomes much harder to see because everything around you becomes distorted.

This is especially problematic when driving at night. The night itself already reduces visibility dramatically. When you add in the fact that everything the person can see is blurry, and that their brain is processing those images much more slowly than it would be otherwise, you can see why someone may feel like your car just suddenly appeared out of nowhere.

As long as a driver is under the influence of alcohol, they’re simply not capable of making those quick decisions and reactions that are necessary for safe driving. As a result, if you got injured in an accident, you need to know how to seek financial compensation. This can help to cover medical bills, lost wages and other costs.