How does alcohol affect the driving abilities of a drunk driver?

Most Connecticut residents are well-aware of the dangers posed by drunk driving. Yet, despite this knowledge, many still choose to drink and drive. Some may know that they are too intoxicated to drive but decide to do so anyway, while others may wrongly think that their abilities are unimpaired, and they can thus operate their vehicle in a safe fashion.

Tragically, though, alcohol can impair one's judgement, and even the smallest amount of alcohol can compromise one's driving abilities. With a blood-alcohol content of just 0.02 percent, which is under the legal limit, an individual may experience reduced visual functionality and a decreased ability to multitask, both of which are important to safe driving. At 0.08 percent, the legal limit, an individual can expect to experience compromised muscle coordination. Additionally, drivers at this level suffer from decreased concentration, short-term memory problems and difficulty maintaining speed. Once a driver becomes more intoxicated, he or she can struggle to maintain his or her lane and retain attention to driving.

There are many factors that can affect the rate at which one becomes intoxicated. Gender, age, weight and the speed at which one drinks can all play a role. However, those who have been drinking should not try to gauge their ability to drive. Instead, they should play it safe and find a safe and sober ride.

Unfortunately, though, many fail to do this and wind up causing drunk driving accidents. When this happens, victims can be left with serious injuries, some of which may cause disfigurement or even permanent disability. Recovering from these wrecks can be emotionally trying and financially straining. In an attempt to recover much needed compensation, including compensation for medical expenses, accident victims may want to think about pursuing a personal injury lawsuit.

Source: NHTSA, "The ABCs of BAC," accessed on July 25, 2016

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