Binge drinking on its own is a dangerous behavior, but the risks increase dramatically when someone who has had too many gets behind the wheel of a vehicle. With impaired judgment, it is difficult to maintain control of the vehicle or accurately judge distances, making a crash much more likely to happen.
Binge drinking refers to situations where an individual raises his or her blood alcohol content to .08 or higher within a two-hour period. Although each person is different, this often looks like four drinks for women or five drinks per men. According to the CDC, binge drinking may be more common than you realize: one in six adults engages in binge drinking as least four times a month. Although there is a persistent stereotype that binge drinking is most popular among the college crowd, 70 percent of those binge drinking four times or more per month are over the age of 26.
There are personal costs associated with regular binge drinking behavior, such as liver or neurological damage. When the drinker gets into a vehicle to drive, however, other peopleâ€™s safety is put at risk. In some cases, the driver might believe that he or she is fine, ignoring the signs. Sadly, some binge drinkers learn only too late that they were seriously impaired. If that lesson comes in the form of a serious car accident that injures or kills other people, then the negligent party is unlikely to forget his or her binge drinking experience for many years to come.
Even though driving under the influence is illegal, this behavior still causes car accidents in New York and across the country. If you have been injured because someone else was drinking and driving, then you may have recourse through a personal injury lawsuit.Â This recourse may include payment for medical bills, lost wages, and compensation for pain and suffering. Call 718-329-9500 to set up a free in-person consultation with attorney Jayson Lutzky. Mr. Lutzky has over 32 years of legal experience New York. Visit www.MyNewYorkCityLawyer.com to learn more about Mr. Lutzkyâ€™s areas of practice.