Why do people drive under the influence?

On Behalf of | Feb 7, 2024 | Motor vehicle accidents |

One of the main risks you face on the road comes from impaired drivers. Many of these drivers are under the influence of alcohol, and they are responsible for numerous fatalities and injuries every year. 

But if drunk driving is so dangerous, why do people do it? Why are they willing to put your health in jeopardy by getting behind the wheel when they’re too impaired to drive safely? Here are a few common reasons. 

They felt fine

The top reason, which is given by roughly one out of every three drunk drivers, is just that they felt fine. They thought it would be OK for them to drive their vehicle. Part of the reason for this may be that alcohol impairs judgment, so a drunk person is often unable to determine how impaired they actually are.

They weren’t going far

In about 10% of cases, drunk drivers will say that their destination was very close. They knew that they shouldn’t be driving, but maybe it was just a mile to their house. They decided to take the chance because that risk wouldn’t last for very long.

They didn’t have other options

Finally, many drivers will just claim that there wasn’t any other way for them to get to their destination. Maybe they tried to call a rideshare service but the wait times were very long. Maybe they tried to call a friend and didn’t get an answer. Eventually, they determined that the only way to get home was to do it themselves, even if they were impaired.

These are just a few of the reasons why people drive under the influence and cause car accidents. If you have been injured in such an accident, be sure you know what legal options you have at your disposal.