Impaired driving accidents are tragically common, causing a significant number of injuries and fatalities each year. A crucial factor in these accidents is the Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of the driver involved. Understanding the role of BAC in impaired driving accidents can be critical when it comes to legal claims. If an impaired driver has injured you or a loved one, our law firm is here to help.
What is BAC?
BAC refers to the amount of alcohol present in a person's bloodstream. It is measured as a percentage by weight. For instance, a BAC of 0.08%, which is the legal limit for driving under the influence in most states, means that there are 0.08 grams of alcohol per 100 grams of blood.
The Impact of BAC on Driving Ability
Even at low levels, alcohol can significantly impair a driver's ability to operate a vehicle safely. At a BAC of 0.02%, drivers may experience some loss of judgment, altered mood, and decline in visual functions. As BAC increases, the effects become more severe, leading to poor muscle control, slow reaction time, and impaired perception.
When a driver's BAC reaches 0.08% or higher, they are legally considered impaired. At this level, balance, speech, vision, reaction times, and hearing are all adversely affected. This impairment significantly increases the risk of an accident.
BAC in Legal Claims
In the aftermath of an alcohol-impaired driving accident, the driver's BAC is a crucial piece of evidence. If a driver was operating a vehicle with a BAC above the legal limit, it is strong evidence of negligence. This evidence can be used to establish liability in a personal injury claim.
Moreover, even if the driver's BAC was below the legal limit, it could still play a role in a personal injury claim. If it can be shown that the driver's abilities were impaired due to alcohol, regardless of their BAC, they can still be held liable for any injuries caused.
How Our Law Firm Can Help
If an impaired driver has injured you, Mike Slocumb Law Firm is committed to helping you seek justice and compensation. We have extensive experience handling drunk driving accident cases and understand the complex legal issues involved. Mike Slocumb Law Firm will work tirelessly to gather evidence, including BAC results, to build a strong case on your behalf.
We are dedicated to holding impaired drivers accountable for their actions and helping victims recover the compensation they deserve for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.
Remember, every case is unique, and it is crucial to seek legal advice tailored to your specific circumstances. If an impaired driver has injured you or a loved one, don't hesitate to contact Mike Slocumb Law Firm today for a free consultation. We are here to help.
Disclaimer: This blog post is intended for informational purposes only. It does not constitute legal advice, nor does it create an attorney-client relationship. Always consult with a qualified attorney for legal advice related to your specific circumstances.