Getting behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol is never a good decision. Not only is it a criminal offense, it carries the potential to result in a devastating collision. According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 29 people are killed in car accidents involving drunk drivers in the United States every day. This equates to roughly one death every 50 minutes.
Encountering an intoxicated driver on the road is a very real risk. Since 1993, over 100 million people each year have self-reported getting behind the wheel when they’ve had too much to drink. “Too much” can mean different amounts of alcohol for different people, depending on height and weight.
Fortunately, there is a system to medically define a person’s intoxication level. According to data from Stanford University, blood alcohol concentration levels (BAC) refer to the percentage of alcohol within a person’s bloodstream. Drivers with BAC levels of more than 0.08% are significantly more likely to be involved in fatal car accidents.
It is important to understand the kind of effects alcohol can have on an intoxicated driver. Here is some information on what different BAC levels can have on someone who is operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.
If you or a loved one has been hurt or injured in a car accident because of an intoxicated driver, you have the right to pursue legal action. No one should have to suffer through the devastating consequences of someone else’s poor choices. At Hach & Rose, LLP, we will fight for justice on your behalf. Our experienced team of attorneys will do everything possible to obtain the financial compensation you deserve.
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