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4 Types of Dangerous Crashes Drunk Drivers Cause

 Posted on December 09, 2021 in Car Accidents

IL injury lawyerDrunk driving is against the law for a very good reason - it is extremely dangerous. Sober drivers who make a mistake can sometimes still correct themselves and avoid an accident. Drunk drivers lack the reflexes to self-correct and are more likely to cause an accident. Plus, drunk drivers often make serious mistakes like going the wrong way on an interstate that sober drivers are less prone to. If you were injured in a crash caused by a drunk driver, calling an attorney who can help you recover compensation would be wise.

What Types of Crashes Might Drunk Drivers Cause?

Drunk driving accidents can be more serious than accidents involving two sober drivers. The behavior of a drunk driver can be entirely unpredictable, both before and after the crash. Drunk drivers tend to cause these types of dangerous collisions:

  • Head-on - Drunk or drugged drivers are notorious for going the wrong way. Whether they’ve driven up the off-ramp on a highway, skipped a median, or missed a one-way sign, intoxicated people may cause a head-on collision with a driver who is on the correct side of the street. This presents an enormous danger, as there is little to shield the drivers from the force of the crash.
  • T-bone - Stop signs and stoplights may not have the same significance to a drunk driver that they would to everyone else on the road - it is not uncommon for a person under the influence to fail to notice or yield in time. This can result in t-bone collisions when the drunk driver does not stop and strikes another vehicle that was lawfully in the intersection.
  • Rear-end - Stopping in time to avoid hitting the car in front of you can be a challenge for drivers who are over the limit. Drunk drivers may also fail to take weather-related road conditions, like ice or snow, into consideration when calculating their stopping distance. What is so dangerous about rear-end collisions caused by drunk drivers is that their delayed reflexes may not allow them to hit the brakes and at least mitigate the force of the accident by slowing down. While sober drivers often skid into the vehicle in front of them, drunk drivers may collide at full speed.
  • High-speed - Serious spinal, head, and neck injuries tend to result from high-speed crashes. Drunk drivers are often reckless, operating at dangerously high speeds and taking turns too quickly. This can cause major problems for others on the road who may not be able to avoid an out-of-control vehicle going well over the speed limit.

If you were involved in an accident with a driver who appears intoxicated, make sure to use extra safety precautions after the accident and then contact an attorney as soon as possible.

Call a Cook County Drunk Driving Accidents Lawyer

Gruzmark Law, Ltd. is committed to recovering compensation for victims injured by drunk drivers. Call us at 847-729-7660 to arrange a free consultation with an experienced Northbrook drunk driving accidents attorney. It is always better to make this call sooner rather than later after an accident, as your attorney may need to begin preserving evidence immediately.





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