Fort Worth, TX (PRWEB) January 15, 2014
Hung over drivers can be just as dangerous – or perhaps even more hazardous – as drunk drivers, according to a two scientific studies which should raise concerns among all drivers, according to Texas personal injury lawyer Jason Stephens of Stephens Anderson & Cummings, LLP, in Fort Worth.
Stephens and attorney Seth Anderson commented on the findings of studies published in Medical Daily, “Driving With A Hangover Just As Dangerous As Drunk Driving, With Equal Fatigue, Slow Reaction Times” (Dec. 9, 2013).
“It’s not simply enough to avoid driving right after you’ve been drinking,” Stephens said. “Drivers need to decide whether they’re safe to drive the morning after if they have had too much to drink the night before. Most drivers do that. Most are responsible. But all it takes is one reckless driver to cause a serious drunk driving accident in Texas. We know because we have worked with countless people picking up the pieces of their lives after they’ve sustained a serious injury or a lost a loved one due to a drunk driver.”
The two studies were conducted by researchers at the University of the West of England and the Utrecht University in the Netherlands, according to Medical Daily. In both studies, participants consumed an average of 10 alcoholic drinks. The people participating in the study then waited until their Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) reached zero and then took a series of tests designed to simulate driving conditions.
The University of the West of England study simulated stop-and-go driving conditions, according to Medical Daily. The Utrecht study required participants to drive 62 miles per hour in a driving simulator. In both studies, hung over drivers with no alcohol in their system had reaction times similar to drivers with BAC of .05 percent. Specifically, drivers with a hangover had slower reaction times, could not focus and weaved through traffic like drunk drivers, according to Medical Daily.
Fort Worth TX auto accident attorney Seth Anderson of Stephens Anderson & Cummings, LLP, said drunk driving in Texas remains a serious problem. Texas has more drunk driving fatalities than any other state in the country, according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving. In 2012, a total of 1,296 people died in drunk driving accidents in Texas, according to MADD.
“That’s why it’s critical that drivers in Texas never drink and drive – and make sure they wait long enough to sober up and get back on the road. Otherwise, people’s lives could be in danger,” Anderson said.
“People need to take responsibility for their actions,” Anderson said. “These two studies clearly illustrate that alcohol affects people’s reaction times long after they’ve had their last drink. Don’t drink and drive, and stay off the road when you are hung over. Wait to drive until you’re completely sober and alert.”
Anderson said attorneys can help victims of drunk drivers and families who have lost loved ones in accidents pursue compensation and closure. He said a lawyer can help send a message that such negligent behavior will not be tolerated on Texas roads and highways.
For more information about drunk driving accidents in Texas and the legal options available to Texas families, call (877) 920-9009 or complete the online contact form.
About Stephens Anderson & Cummings, LLP
Serving clients in Dallas, Fort Worth, Oklahoma City and throughout Texas and Oklahoma, the personal injury law firm of Stephens Anderson & Cummings, LLP has a strong track record for winning a wide range of legal cases. From auto accidents to construction accidents, attorneys Jason Stephens, Seth Anderson and John Cummings also handle truck accidents, oil and gas well accidents, sexual abuse and wrongful death cases. Stephens Anderson & Cummings provides a free case analysis to all potential clients. The law firm works on a contingency fee basis. That means clients only pay if we win their case.
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