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Why do people get behind the wheel while drunk?

On Behalf of | Jan 31, 2023 | Drunk Driving Accidents |

Drunk driving is dangerous, and anyone who learns how to drive is informed of this, yet some people still do it. This contributes to a significant percentage of accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 32 people in the U.S. die every day in drunk-driving accidents.  

So, why do people drive while drunk despite knowing the potential outcomes? Below are three reasons. 

1. They have done it before

Most people who drive while drunk have done it before, and after a few tries, it may become a habit. They may be tempted to believe they are in control but don’t know how intoxicated they are. Also, they may not be aware of the extent of the effects drinking has on drivers, such as slow response times, lack of judgment, sleepiness, impaired thinking and poor muscle coordination.

2. They’re showing off

Some people drunk drive when they are in company, perhaps they want to be admired, which is especially common among younger drivers. This kind of peer pressure puts so many people at risk. 

It may be challenging for someone looking to be accepted by a group to refuse to drive while drunk when everyone around is doing it. This is why parents should be hands-on once their kids start driving.

3. They don’t prepare ahead

Some people don’t plan for transportation when they go for drinks. Accordingly, they may lack cab money and choose to drive. Although this may sound reasonable, getting into an accident is costlier. It may be best for such a driver to call a loved one to pick them up or send cab money.

Drunk driving is a negligent action that can lead to significant consequences. If you are injured by a drunk driver, consider your options to get fair compensation.