Call For A Free Consultation With Local Attorneys

Impaired driving involves more than just drugs and alcohol

There are many reasons why car accidents happen, but human error is the leading cause. The choices that Florida drivers make behind the wheel matter, and when they are negligent or reckless, these choices can needlessly endanger others. One of the most common poor choices drivers make is to get behind the wheel while impaired, greatly increasing the chance of car accidents.

Impaired driving encompasses a wide range of behaviors. It includes anything that affects a driver's focus, causes the removal of hands from the wheel or affects cognition and decision-making ability. There is no excuse for this type of negligence, and a driver is responsible for the ways his or her choices affect others. If you are the victim of an accident caused by an impaired driver, you do not have to suffer through the aftermath in silence.

What is impaired driving?

Unfortunately, many people who are driving while impaired may not think they are doing anything reckless or dangerous. Most of the time, people associate impaired driving with driving while drunk or under the influence of drugs. These certainly qualify, but some of the other types of impaired driving include:

  • Driving after taking prescription medication that causes drowsiness or mental fogginess
  • Driving while looking at a phone, talking on the phone, eating, putting on makeup, adjusting the radio or doing anything else distracting
  • Driving while overly fatigued, which can lead to a driver actually falling asleep, swerving or making poor decisions while behind the wheel
  • Driving while having a known medical condition that can make it difficult to stay awake or drive safely, such as epilepsy 

Sometimes, impaired driving is the result of a medical condition, and in other cases, it is the result of poor choices. Regardless, each person who makes the choice to drive is also responsible knowing whether he or she can do so safely. Otherwise, innocent people can suffer serious or fatal injuries. 

Are you a victim?

It's not always easy to know what caused an accident. In fact, you may not be certain you know the reason why your crash occurred, but you are certain that it was not your fault. Accidents can be remarkably complex, and it often requires the experienced eye of a knowledgeable professional to review your case in order to understand exactly what happened. To learn more about your accident and your legal options, it can helpful to reach out for help as soon as possible after a crash.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Father And Son Team Working Together To Serve Our Clients

Our legal team consists of attorney Wm. Dennis Brannon and his son C. Paul Brannon. We work together as a father and son team to provide our clients with exceptional service and solutions in motor vehicle accident claims and other personal injury matters.

Contact Us Today
Email Us For A Response

We Handle Cases on a Contingency Fee Basis Tell Us About Your Case - Free Consultations

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Fort Walton Beach
975 Mar Walt Drive
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547

Phone: 850-659-2252
Fax: 850-864-4526
Fort Walton Beach Law Office Map

544 US Highway 90 East
Defuniak Springs, FL 32433

Phone: 850-659-2252
Fax: 850-864-4526
Map & Directions

Destin Office
4507 Furling Lane
Suite 214
Destin, FL 32541

Phone: 850-842-2573
Map & Directions