How does alcohol consumption affect driving ability?

Despite knowing the dangers, drivers across the country make the decision to operate their vehicles after consuming alcohol. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 10,497 people were killed in drunk driving accidents in 2016. Unfortunately, drunk driving accidents are also common in Henderson and result in far too many catastrophic injuries and death.

How Intoxication Impairs Driving and Causes Drunk Driving Accidents

Alcohol consumption can seriously impair key skills that are necessary to drive safely and avoid collisions. Here are some of the crucial driving skills that are affected by alcohol:


When a person consumes even a small amount of alcohol, his judgment can be impaired. As a result, he can be unable to think clearly and may engage in unsafe driving practices, such as speeding, tailgating another driver, racing through a traffic light, or weaving between lanes.

Reaction time.

Alcohol consumption can reduce a person’s reaction time. This can make it impossible for a drunk driver to slow down, stop, or otherwise respond quickly when traffic situations require this to avoid a crash.


Drinking can affect a person’s large motor and fine motor skills, including eye/hand coordination necessary for a driver to respond quickly to road conditions.


Alcohol can also make it more difficult for a person to see. He may have difficulty reading traffic signs or judging distances, which is crucial to avoid a rear-end collision, make a safe left turn, and to change lanes.


To drive safely, a person must be able to multi-task and concentrate on other drivers and road conditions. This can be impossible for a person who has consumed alcohol before getting behind the wheel.

Have You Been Injured By A Drunk Driver?

If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident caused by a drunk driver, our experienced car accident attorneys are here to help. We will aggressively fight for the compensation you deserve. To learn more about your options and to see our track record in these cases, contact us online or call our Henderson office directly at 702.405.6000 to schedule your free consultation.

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