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Drunk drivers are a significant cause of collisions

If you believe that the car accident that you were involved in was the other driver’s fault because they were acting recklessly or carelessly, there is a distinct possibility that they were driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Intoxicated driving is, unfortunately, a common issue in the U.S., with an average of 29 people being tragically killed each day due to car accidents involving alcohol-impaired driving.

Drunk driving is a huge problem, therefore, it would not be extreme to come to the conclusion that the other driver caused the collision you were involved in due to drunk driving. It is important, however, that you are able to prove this so that you are able to gain back the damages that you deserve. The following is an overview of the effects of driving with even a small amount of alcohol in your blood.

Just because it’s legal, doesn’t make it safe

Picture this: You’re involved in a minor accident with another driver that has not resulted in bodily injury but has caused property damage. Law enforcement officers arrive at the scene and ask all drivers to perform a Breathalyzer test. The other driver measures at about 0.05% blood alcohol concentration (BAC), which is under the legal limit, so no arrests are made.

Low concentrations of alcohol can impair judgment

When witnessing this, you may dismiss this as proof that the other driver was not intoxicated. However, a BAC of 0.05%, while legal, can still have a negative impact on a person’s ability to drive. They will experience a lowered alertness, a release of inhibition, reduced coordination and reduced response to emergency driving situations. They may also have a loss of small-muscle control, such as the ability to focus the eyes.

It is important that you take action to hold a driver responsible for the causation of a collision, even if they had a legal amount of alcohol in their blood. Make sure to take early action to start your personal injury claim.

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