How does alcohol affect drivers?

On Behalf of | Sep 16, 2021 | Drunk Driving Charges, dui/dwi

After an accident with a drunk driver, you probably have no doubt what alcohol can do to a person’s coordination and inability to drive. According to the United States Department of Transportation, about 28 people die per day due to drunk driving accidents.

Alcohol affects a person’s central nervous system. The higher the weight in the person’s blood, the more intoxicated the person is.

How does an alcohol BAC below the legal limit affect drivers?

Some drivers believe they can drive when below the legal limit. Unfortunately, these drivers can still cause an accident. At .02% BAC, a person has a decline in visual functions and may have difficulty multitasking. At .05%, a person may have difficulty tracking moving objects and steering the vehicle.

How does an alcohol BAC higher than the legal limit affect drivers?

At .08%, drivers hit the legal limit. If you happen to be in an accident with a driver at .08% BAC, he or she may have short-term memory loss, less muscle coordination and may have severely impaired reasoning and self-control. Most drivers cannot control speed well at .08%.

Those at .10% have deteriorated reaction time. They may have slurred speech, less coordination and slowed thinking. Most drivers at .10% have difficulty remaining in the proper lane and cannot brake properly.

For those who reach .15%, they have a severe impairment while driving. They can barely pay attention to the task at hand and cannot process information and auditory information.

A person with a low BAC can still cause a severe accident with other drivers. Negligence can occur at all levels.