How does alcohol affect one’s driving ability?

On Behalf of | Nov 15, 2018 | auto accidents |

Drunk driving continues to be a problem nation-wide. While this issue affects Coloradoans, motorists in our state are also put at risk by those who are driving while impaired by legal drugs, whether it be marijuana or legally obtained prescription pain killers. Regardless of the substance used, impairment can significantly affect one’s driving ability, which places other motorists at risk of being unexpectedly involved in a serious accident.

This week we’re briefly going to look at how alcohol can affect one’s driving ability. Although the criminal law system makes it a crime for an individual to drive with a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher, lower BACs can still result in reduced driving capabilities. For example, an individual with a BAC of .02 percent can suffer from reduced visual functioning and multi-tasking ability. Those with a BAC of .05 percent can experience poor judgement, difficulty tracking moving objects and reduced reaction times. All of these deficiencies can contribute to or cause a serious car accident.

Simply because an individual is convicted of drunk driving following an accident does not mean that he or she will automatically be found liable in a personal injury lawsuit. Therefore, victims of these wrecks will still need to show how the alcohol affected the driver’s abilities and how that contributed to or caused the injurious accident in question. Generally speaking, those with BACs of .08 percent and higher suffer from impaired perception, an inability to maintain their lane and speed and even an inability to retain consciousness.

The damages suffered in the aftermath of a drunk driving accident can be enormous. The physical and emotional pain and suffering is often more than enough to leave a victim feeling overwhelmed, but he or she will probably have to face severe financial losses, too, in the form of medical expenses and lost wages. Fortunately, those who are injured in auto accidents caused by a drunk driver may be able to recover compensation if they are able to successfully pursue a personal injury lawsuit. Skilled legal professionals stand ready to help in those pursuits.