The Dangers of Drunk Driving
It is a widely known fact that driving while intoxicated is extremely dangerous – not only for you, but for everyone else on the road. Drunk drivers have been known to cause very serious accidents that result in severe injuries and many deaths. In fact, because intoxicated driving is such a hazard, governments worldwide have instituted laws regarding how much alcohol is legally allowed to be in a driver’s bloodstream. Those who are caught with blood alcohol content (BAC) levels above these legal limits are subject to punishment.
In the United States, the legal limit for drivers is a BAC level of 0.08%. Anyone who exceeds this amount is determined to be legally unsafe to drive and acts as a serious threat to everyone else on or near the road. They will face harsh punishments of fines, incarceration, and license revocation.
How Alcohol Affects the Body
You may ask yourself: why is consuming alcohol and driving a vehicle considered to be such a terrible mixture? In order to answer this question, you need to understand the many effects that alcohol has on the body:
- Dulled reactions (increase in reaction time)
- Tendency to make poor judgments and decisions
- Impaired cognitive abilities
- Loss of coordination and balance
- Loss of body control
- Dulling of senses
- Blurred vision
- Heightened emotions
The above effects are a sampling of what people with BAC levels between 0.03 and 0.25 will feel. Clearly, people with alcohol affecting their thoughts and motions are unfit to operate a vehicle.
If you have been injured in a car accident caused by a drunk driver, then you may have the right to recover compensation from the responsible party. The Sheboygan car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® can help you make an effective claim for damages. To speak with us about your situation, contact our attorneys today at 800-242-2874.