Even when drivers are only slightly impaired after consuming alcohol, they become more likely to cause a fatal or injurious car accident.
In Ohio, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association, it is illegal for drivers to operate a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration level of 0.08 or higher. However, fatal accidents can still occur when drivers operate a vehicle with a BAC level that is well below this legal limit.
Slightly impaired drivers are more likely to cause accidents
In a study, according to Reuters, researchers analyzed car accident data collected from over 570,000 fatal collisions that occurred between 1994 and 2011. They then looked at the BAC level measurements of the drivers involved in these accidents in addition to what may have caused the accident. For example, the researchers would determine if the accident was caused by one driver running a red light or driving in the wrong lane.
After completing this process, the researchers determined that the drivers who had a BAC level of just 0.01, compared with the sober drivers, were 46 percent more likely to be blamed for the collision. As a result, the researchers concluded that no safe combination of alcohol and driving exists.
How alcohol affects a person’s ability to drive
When a driver operates a vehicle with a BAC level above 0.01, but below the legal limit of 0.08, he or she still compromises his or her ability to drive safely. The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence states that when a driver reaches a BAC level of 0.02, he or she may:
- Become unable to perform two tasks at the same time
- Experience some loss of judgement
- Find that his or her visual functions decline
With a BAC level of 0.05, a driver may find that his or her muscle coordination is significantly reduced and may become unable to track moving objects successfully. The driver may also have a hard time controlling the speed of his or her vehicle, have a difficult time detecting danger and experience short-term memory loss and reduced concentration.
Many are injured or killed every day
Many people in Ohio and throughout the rest of the country are injured or killed in a drunk driving accidents every year. The NCADD states that on a yearly basis, approximately 13,000 people are killed in an alcohol-related accident and hundreds of thousands of people suffer from injuries.
Those who survive a drunk driving accident in Ohio may become seriously injured and suffer from physical, emotional and financial harm. If you were injured in a car accident caused by a drunk driver, reach out to an attorney in your area to assert your rights to fair and proper compensation.
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