Most people are aware of the dangers associated with drinking and driving, yet alcohol-related car crashes continue to be a major problem on Florida roads. Around 10,000 people die in these types of accidents each year, and it may be because people often underestimate the potential danger of consuming even a small amount of alcohol behind the wheel. In reality, drunk driving or driving after drinking even a little bit can have serious consequences.
Drunk driving accidents are completely preventable. People are responsible for the choices they make behind the wheel, especially if they cause harm to others. It is against the law for a person with a blood alcohol content of .08% to drive, but there is evidence to suggest that impairment can start well before a person reaches that BAC level.
The risks of impairment
Many people are unaware of how even a small amount of alcohol can affect their ability to drive safely. For example, an adult of average weight may drink two beers and only have a BAC of .02%. However, that person may still be experiencing some of the symptoms of impairment. While this person is not legally drunk, he or she is still 1.4 times more likely to cause an accident than a person who has not been drinking at all. Consider the following facts:
- A driver’s reflexes can begin to deteriorate even at .02% BAC.
- At the .02% BAC level, a person can begin to experience a deterioration of visual skills.
- A person who has this BAC level has a decrease in the ability to do two tasks at the same time.
The evidence is clear. Even a drink or two can have a direct impact on the ability to drive well, react appropriately to hazards and make good choices behind the wheel. Even if a driver is not legally drunk, he or she is still liable in the event that an accident occurs that results in injury or harm to others.
Are you a drunk driving victim?
If you are the victim of a drunk driving accident, you have options. It may be possible for you to recoup some of the losses you experienced through a personal injury law. A Florida injury attorney can explain the legal options available to you through the state’s civil justice system. After an accident, you will find it beneficial to move forward with the appropriate legal action as soon as possible.