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Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day are some of the most dangerous times to be on the road due to impaired driving abilities caused by drugs and alcohol.
This is the time of year when organizations like MADD work diligently to raise the awareness of the dangers of drinking and driving through various campaigns.
Why? Because alcohol decreases your ability to drive a motor vehicle safely. The more you drink, the more you are impaired. When you decide to get behind the wheel to drive, there is a higher likelihood that you will be involved in an accident.
Your level of impairment is measured by what is referred to as blood alcohol concentration or BAC. This is used because alcohol concentration in the body is directly related to impairment. However, it’s important to note that the amount of alcohol required to become impaired differs according to things such as how fast you drink, your weight, your gender, and how much food you have eaten.
No matter these variables, a person is considered legally intoxicated at a .08 BAC level.
At just a .02 BAC level, there is some loss of judgment, a decline in visual functions and a decline in the ability to perform two tasks at the same time.
At a .05 BAC level, it gets harder to focus your eyes, judgement is impaired and you have a lowered alertness level. What this means when you are behind the wheel:
At a .08 BAC level — when you are considered legally intoxicated — muscle coordination is impacted, which includes speech, vision, reaction time and hearing; and judgment, reasoning and memory are also impaired. When behind the wheel, this means:
Research by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety indicates that the relative risk of being killed in a single vehicle crash for drivers at BAC levels between .05 and .09 is 11 times that of drivers with no alcohol in their system.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that alcohol-impaired motor vehicle crashes claim more than 10,000 lives per year.
Other drunk driving statistics as reported on the MADD website:
Alcohol-related accidents can be devastating. In 2015, 10,265 people died in drunk driving crashes — one every 51 minutes — and 290,000 were injured.
The lawyers at Nash & Franciskato are experienced auto accident attorneys who have obtained settlements for clients involving alcohol-impaired crashes. Should you need legal advice for your situation, contact us for a free, no-obligation review of your case.
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