When someone gets arrested for drunk driving or causes an accident while intoxicated, you often hear the same refrain: They thought they were sober enough to drive. They thought it would be safe. They did not realize they were that drunk.
The problem with alcohol is that it makes it harder to properly analyze things like how intoxicated you are. So, the more you drink, the harder it gets to make a good judgment call about when you're no longer a safe driver. Someone who only had one beer and is still under the legal limit may actually worry more about it than someone who had six beers and is well over that limit.
How can you know if you're too drunk? Here are a few signs to look for:
- You struggle with balance. Your equilibrium seems off. Even simple things like walking across the bar take more thought and effort.
- You start making mental mistakes, like forgetting someone's name or forgetting what you were talking about in the middle of a conversation.
- You begin misplacing things and you can't find them. If you know you brought your coat to the bar and you have no idea where it went, that's a red flag.
- Others seem concerned about your intoxication. Drunk drivers are quick to tell concerned friends that it's fine and that they're not that drunk. If someone else questions it, don't blow them off. That tells you something, whether you think you're drunk or not.
Now you know what signs to watch out for, but what if another drunk driver hits you? If that happens, you must know all of your rights to compensation for medical bills and other costs.