Impairment: The Primary Reason Why Drunk Driving is Prohibited

Posted by on Dec 3, 2016 in Auto Accidents | 0 comments

The blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit for drivers in the U.S. is 0.08% (about 4 – 5 regular bottles beer consumed within an hour). This means that anyone who will caught driving with this BAC level (or higher) can be charged with alcohol-impaired driving or DUI/DWI, driving under the influence/driving while intoxicated. Surprisingly, research shows that the highest number of drunk-driving cases involved people between 16 and 24 years old.

Impairment is the primary reason why drunk driving is prohibited. It makes a person less sober, and makes his/her reflexes slower. Besides this, impairment also affects a person’s judgment, perception, coordination, reaction time and general ability to focus on the road.

There is no acceptable explanation to driving while intoxicated. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) do not prohibit drivers from drinking anytime they want and as much as they can; what these agencies prohibit is driving afterwards – what makes it so hard to understand this?

Because of the obstinacy of millions of drivers, drunk driving remains to be a major problem. In 2008 alone, 13,838 alcohol-related fatal crashes were reported to the NHTSA; since then, the number of deaths due to this irresponsible road behavior has never gone down to more than 10,000.

A victim of drunk driving, as explained in the website of the law firm Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC, suffers not only physical injuries and trauma resulting from his/her life-threatening experience. It is very likely that his/her family also suffers financial hardship due to his/her absence from work, which results to lost wages and the need to pay costly medical treatment. Situations become worse if the injury leads to disability as this will mean more wages lost and higher cost of medical care.

Victims of drunken driving accidents are entitled to seek compensation from the negligent, careless and irresponsible at fault driver. While there is no stopping victims from agreeing to a settlement with the liable party or from filing a lawsuit and facing the legal battle alone, these strategies can prove critical in their attempt to seek compensation. It will always be to their advantage if they were represented by a personal injury lawyer who is highly-skilled in personal injury law who has the experience to aggressively pursue compensation from liable parties or from their car insurance provider.

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