Most states limit the amount of alcohol in a driver’s system to 0.08 Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC). This is because people’s behaviors and impairments behind the wheel at this level have been empirically shown to place drunk drivers and other people on the road at risk. Drunk driving accidents can lead to serious injuries because the drunk driver often has significantly low reaction times and may end up causing more damage because of their decreased awareness. If you suffered personal injuries after being hit by a drunk driver, consider talking to an Oklahoma personal injury lawyer about compensation.
Ways Alcohol Impairs Driving
Around 10,874 people died from drunk driving accidents in the year 2017 alone. This shows how common the problem is despite our knowledge about how alcohol impairs driving after a certain limit is reached. Running through the effects of alcohol on the mind and body can help people understand why driving over the limit is risky.
At a mild BAC level of 0.02, most people will feel relaxed with poor judgment and may struggle with multi-tasking activities like driving. They will be slower, but still capable of driving relatively safely. By a BAC level of 0.05, many people will start experiencing decreased reaction time, increased inhibitions, poor coordination, and slight difficulty with steering. The person can still control the vehicle but might be slower to react to last-minute changes on the road.
At the legal limit of 0.08 BAC, people will experience slight impairments in vision, hearing, balance, and speech. They will also tend to lack concentration, speed control, and the ability to accurately track objects with their eyes. There will be delays in many of these skills. When people reach BAC levels beyond 0.08, their driving will become noticeably dangerous because now thinking is slower and reaction time is significantly dulled. Braking time is delayed and staying within the lane becomes a challenge.
All of these delayed skills and disinhibiting effects of alcohol are easy to spot when it comes to driving because driving is a complex activity that requires multi-tasking.
Negligence of Drunk Driving
A felony Driving Under the Influence (DUI) will be charged to any drunk driver who causes a car accident with personal injuries. This is because drunk driving is considered negligent by law. Negligence means a person is breaching a duty to do no intentional harm to another person. A person who intentionally drinks excessively and knowingly drives drunk is considered a person who is willingly putting other lives on the road at risk for harm.
Proving negligence requires collecting evidence of your injuries, the accident, and how the accident happened. A lawyer can help you collect documents like medical records and a copy of the police report, which is vital for evidence of the other driver being drunk.
Car Accident Lawyer in Oklahoma
The expenses of personal injuries and vehicle damages after a car accident can be overwhelming. Talk to an Oklahoma car accident lawyer if a drunk driver caused an accident that led to your injuries. You may be eligible to receive compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages. Call the Law Firm of Griffin Reynolds today at (405) 721-9500 for a free consultation.