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How Hangovers Affect Your Driving

After a long night of drinking, many people awaken the following morning with a nasty, nauseating feeling in their bodies. This sensation is referred to as a “hangover,” and it may last for several hours before the body is able to return to its normal, nourished, and hydrated state of being. Because of the effects they have on the body, hangovers may seriously inhibit one's ability to safely operate a motorized vehicle. Studies have shown that those who drive with a hangover are four times more likely to be involved in an accident than those without one.

What is a hangover?

A hangover occurs after a person has consumed and metabolized a decent amount of alcohol. Those with hangovers typically experience the following uncomfortable, temporary symptoms:

  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Light sensitivity
  • Upset stomach
  • Lightheadedness
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Decrease in attention span

Some drivers who think their BAC is below the legal limit may be incorrect, and therefore susceptible to a DUI conviction. If a police officer believes that you are driving with a BAC above the legal limit, you may also suffer a DUI conviction. Hung over drivers, due to their unsafe operation tendencies, tend to drive faster and react slower than the normal driver, and are therefore vulnerable to a DUI charge.

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If you have been accused of DUI because your driving abilities were hindered by a hangover, then a good DUI defense lawyer can protect you in court. Contact the Seattle DUI defense lawyers of the Cowan Kirk Kattenhorn Law Firm today at 1-866-822-1230 to speak with one of our qualified attorneys about your situation.

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