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The Effects of Blood Alcohol Concentration on Driving

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The Impact of BAC Levels on Drivers

Even though it’s common knowledge that drinking and driving is a deadly combination, someone dies in a drunk driving crash every 52 minutes. Drunk driving crashes are avoidable by making a straightforward choice: not to drink and drive. Here’s what you need to know about alcohol consumption and its impact on road safety.

What Does Alcohol Do to The Body?

Consuming alcohol, even just a little bit, impacts the body. Here are some of the common effects one may feel at each blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level:

  • BAC .02 – some loss of judgment, mood changes, feeling relaxed
  • BAC .05 – loss of muscle control, changes in behavior, less alert, feeling uninhibited
  • BAC .08 – Poor muscle coordination, impaired memory, judgment difficulties, lack of self-control (In most states, except Utah at .05, the legal BAC limit is .08)
  • BAC .10 – Increased lack of muscle control, slurred speech, poor coordination, slow reaction time.
  • BAC .15 – Loss of balance, vomiting, and even more lack of muscle control.

How Does Alcohol Consumption Affect Driving Ability?

No matter how much alcohol you’ve consumed, any BAC level can diminish your ability to operate a vehicle and cause a severe car crash. Even the slightest amount of alcohol in your system can have the following effects while operating a vehicle:

  • A decline in visual function
  • Reduced capability to see moving objects
  • Limited responsiveness to emergency driving situations
  • Lack of speed control
  • Impaired perception
  • Unable to stay in marked lanes
  • Unable to brake appropriately
  • Absence of auditory information processing
  • Overall reduced control of the vehicle

Hit By a Drunk Driver? We Can Help.

When a drunk driver causes a severe crash leaving victims with life-threatening injuries, it makes the situation that much more devastating because drunk driving accidents are avoidable. At Peterson & Associates, P.C., we are here to help car crash victims seek justice and hold negligent parties accountable for their actions. When harmed by a reckless driver, we are in your corners every step of the way, fighting to protect your rights to pursue to

Speak to one of our attorneys today to learn your rights. Contact us onlineor by calling 816-888-8888.