Drunk driving is negligent driving
This past Memorial Day weekend ushered in the unofficial start of summer, and many people attended festivals, backyard barbecues and beaches where they enjoyed an alcoholic drink or two. However, if you drove during the three-day weekend festivities you may have been involved in an accident caused by a drunk driver.
Drunk drivers can cause car accidents
You likely already know that if a driver’s blood-alcohol concentration is at or above 0.08, they are too drunk to drive safely. A driver with a BAC of 0.08 can experience short-term memory loss and could have trouble concentrating and controlling their speed, as well as processing information. This could easily lead to a drunk driving accident.
A driver with a BAC of 0.15 is even more dangerous. They could be completely unable to control their vehicle, pay attention to the task of driving and process information. It is easy to see how a high BAC can lead to a drunk driving accident.
Even small amounts of alcohol affect driving abilities
However, if a driver’s BAC is below the legal limit, they could still be too drunk to drive safely. A driver with a BAC of 0.05 could have problems with their coordination and tracking moving objects. Steering could be more difficult and there could be a reduction in their ability to respond to emergencies.
A driver with a BAC of 0.02 could still cause a drunk driving accident. A driver with a BAC of 0.02 could find it more difficult to track moving targets. They could also find it difficult to perform two tasks at once.
Drunk driving is ultimately negligent driving. One major duty that motorists have is to drive safely. Drunk driving breaches this duty. This means that if you are injured in a car accident caused by a motorist who has been drinking, you may be able to pursue a personal injury lawsuit based on negligence.