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Distracted and Drunk Driving: More Similar Than You Think

a man using his phone while driving

Everyone knows that drunk driving is dangerous and illegal. However, not everyone may realize that distracted driving can be just as dangerous as drunk driving (in addition to being illegal).

Learn the similarities between these two dangerous activities and what you can do if you have been harmed by a reckless driver.

Distracted vs. Drunk Driving

Distracted driving and drunk driving are both debilitating. Distracted driving diverts various forms of a driver’s attention from the road, while drunk driving inhibits a driver’s cognitive and motor functions. In both situations, a driver is often not in full control of their vehicle.

This can take different forms. As it relates to distracted driving, reading or sending a text while driving at high speeds on the freeway is essentially the same as driving 100 yards while blindfolded. When it comes to drunk driving, a driver’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) affects their ability to drive safely in the following ways:

  • 0.02%: Decline in visual functions and ability to perform two tasks at the same time
  • 0.05%: Difficulty steering and reduced responsiveness to emergency situations
  • 0.08% (legal limit in all 50 states): Reduction in speed control and impaired information processing including signal detection
  • 0.10%: Reduced ability to maintain lane position and brake appropriately
  • 0.15%: Substantial impairment in vehicle control, attention to driving task, and in necessary auditory and visual processing

Injured by a Reckless Driver? We’re Here to Help

Car crashes caused by distracted or drunk drivers are preventable when motorists operate their vehicles responsibly. Sadly, many drivers choose to flout the laws and drive while incapacitated. If you or someone you love has been harmed by a reckless driver, Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP is here to help. We have helped countless motor vehicle accident victims recover the compensation they deserve after a crash, and we may be able to do the same for you.

Call Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP at (866) 634-4525 to schedule a free consultation.