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It is important to understand that most accidents, regardless of their nature, can be prevented. However, alcohol-related accidents can always be prevented, and should never take place.

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Different Types of Accidents Involving Alcohol

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every single day, 28 people throughout the United States die in car crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. Or, more specifically and heartbreaking, there is one death every 51 minutes due to drivers who get behind the wheel of a vehicle after consuming alcohol.

Though drinking and driving is one of the most common types of alcohol-related accidents, there are others, such as: assault, burn injury, brain injury, and in worst case scenarios, wrongful death. Simply put, alcohol can increase the risk of accidents since alcohol slows down the body’s responses and ability to properly react.

Specifically, consuming alcohol can affect a person’s judgment, alter their balance and coordination, impair both their vision and hearing, and create a loss of concentration. And while it’s perfectly acceptable for of-age individuals to drink alcohol, it’s imperative to always drink responsibly.

How to Avoid Accidents with Alcohol

To avoid alcohol-related accidents, never drive after having consumed alcohol, and never get into a vehicle with a driver who has been drinking. Further, always be aware of your surroundings when alcohol is present, and note that alcohol can still affect performance and judgment the day following a heavy drinking session.

If you or someone you know has recently been involved in an accident or sustained an injury that occurred due to alcohol, the attorneys at Gerling Law want to hear from you. Let our professional team help you move on with your life.


Gerling Law is a leading personal injury law firm dedicated to providing aggressive legal representation to individuals and their families.  With over 50 years of experience, Gerling Law has helped thousands of people in Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky recover hundreds of thousands of dollars in a wide variety of personal injury and consumer protection cases, including trucking accidents, wrongful death, medical malpractice, nursing home negligence and social security disability. Gerling Law takes pride in the fact that we have never represented insurance companies, hospitals or large corporations and that we fight against powerful companies for our clients.

If you need an experienced, dedicated personal injury lawyer, Gerling Law is here to help.  You can always reach us at 888-GERLING (888-437-5464) or through our website at www.gerlinglaw.com.

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Gayle Gerling Pettinga

Born and raised in Evansville, Gayle is a respected, experienced lawyer and a valued community leader. She graduated near the top of her class at Indiana University’s prestigious Maurer School of Law. She’s practiced law with one of the largest firms in Indianapolis as well as one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. And that means she knows how big law firms and big companies think and how they operate – and she will put that knowledge to work for you.

Gayle has received numerous awards and honors including Martindale-Hubbell — Peer Review Rated: AV®, American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys 10 Best Attorneys in Indiana for Exceptional and Outstanding Client Service, and YWCA Evansville 100 Years, 100 Women Honoree, 2011.

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