When you look at consuming alcohol through a scientific lens, it is no surprise that alcohol-involved car accidents occur. In truth, it is a wonder that they do not happen more frequently. Consuming intoxicating beverages has many immediate and delayed effects on the brain and on one's ability to function properly.
Victims injured in avoidable car accidents suffer in many ways. They must typically cope with physical pain as they work to recover. In most cases, these victims must also overcome financial burdens in the aftermath of an accident. Emotional and mental suffering such as depression and unusual levels of anxiety are also a problem for many car accident victims.
One of today’s most urgent traffic safety issues is distracted driving. As smart phones become an ever-larger part of our daily lives, drivers young and old just can’t seem to put them down while behind the wheel. And the consequences of all this distraction are obvious. About 8 percent of fatal crashes in Massachusetts (and 10 percent nationwide) are caused by distracted driving.