As a responsible driver, it's essential to understand the dangers of intoxicated driving. Not only is it illegal, but it can also lead to serious consequences, including personal injury or even death.
Five Reasons to Avoid Intoxicated Driving
1. Increased Risk of Accidents
Alcohol impairs your ability to react quickly and make sound decisions while driving. This can increase your risk of getting into an accident, resulting in serious injuries or even fatalities. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), drunk driving accidents accounted for 28% of all traffic fatalities 2019.
2. Legal Consequences
Driving while intoxicated is a serious offense that can result in legal consequences. In Virginia, a first-time offender can face up to one year in jail, a fine of up to $2,500, and a driver's license suspension of up to one year. Repeat offenders face even harsher penalties, including longer jail sentences and permanent license revocation.
3. Financial Burden
If you are involved in an accident while intoxicated driving, you may be liable for any damages or injuries caused. This can result in expensive medical bills, car repairs, and legal fees. In addition, your insurance rates may increase significantly, or you may even lose coverage altogether.
4. Emotional Toll
Being involved in an accident while intoxicated driving can also take an emotional toll. Not only may you feel guilty for causing harm to others, but you may also experience anxiety, depression, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of th e accident.
5. Risk to Others
Driving while intoxicated not only puts yourself at risk, but it also puts others on the road in danger. If you cause an accident while driving under the influence, you may be responsible for injuring or even killing innocent bystanders.
Driving while intoxicated is never worth the risk. Not only can it lead to severe legal and financial consequences, but it can also cause harm to yourself and others. If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident due to someone else's decision to drive while intoxicated, contact Kalfus & Nachman PC today. Our experienced personal injury attorneys can help you navigate the legal system and get the compensation you deserve. (855) 880-8163