Approximately 17,000 alcohol related automobile accidents occur in the United States alone each year, meaning there’s an accident about every 31 minutes. Alcohol has been a factor in 39 percent of all severe auto collisions and in 7 percent of all crashes, according to a 2004 research study. In addition, about 248,000 people suffer injuries or conditions during an incident where police reported alcohol was involved, meaning one person is injured in a car wreck in the US about every 2 minutes. These statistics reveal why drunk driving related automobile accidents have become a major issue, affecting people’s health and wellness every year.
Alcohol related car accidents aren’t the only culprit of injuries, driving under the influence of other types of drugs can also be a great risk for drivers in El Paso, Texas. DUI stands for driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. Often times, prescription drugs and medications can have side-effects or specific instructions where it’s not recommended for the individual to drive or lift heavy machinery after taking them. Any type of substance which impairs a person’s normal driving ability can be a cause for an auto collision resulting in damage, injury or the development of painful conditions. If an individual has been involved in an unfortunate automobile accident caused by a careless driver who was “under the influence” behind the wheel and they were harmed as a result of the incident, it’s fundamental for the involved parties to seek immediate medical attention. Unfortunately in many instances, the innocent party is the one who ends up with more severe injuries and conditions than the party at fault. This is largely in part to the relaxed state in which the inebriated driver is in at the very moment of the auto accident as opposed to the tensing up reflex caused before a known impending impact. Regardless of how severe the incident was or whether the individual has experienced symptoms following the car wreck, seeking medical attention as soon as possible can help prevent further complications. Early diagnosis can also help provide faster relief from your injuries caused after the sheer impact of the automobile collision.
Being involved in an automobile accident can cause moderate to severe injuries and conditions as well as property damages, however, those caused by a driver under the influence can lead to further complications. A drunk driving auto accident chiropractor specializes on injuries caused during auto collisions, helping to treat and care for victims of a DUI auto accident. For more information, please feel free to ask Dr. Jimenez or contact us at (915) 850-0900.