Summer is a time that many chose to drink, whether it is at a family barbecue, a special holiday such as the Fourth of July or even simply drinking in their own backyard. However, when drinking is combined with driving, the result can be a catastrophic car accident causing serious injuries or even fatalities.
Most people in Tennessee know that if your blood-alcohol concentration is above the legal limit of 0.08%, you are too drunk to drive safely. However, did you know that even moderate drinking can impair you to the point where driving is no longer safe?
For example, if you have consumed around three beers and have a BAC of 0.05%, you may have trouble with your coordination and you may have trouble with your ability to keep an eye on moving objects. Steering may become more difficult as well. In fact, if you have only consumed a mere two beers and have a BAC of 0.02% you may find you cannot exercise proper judgement and multitasking can become difficult. Any of these effects can be the key factor that leads to a drunk driving accident, even if your BAC is below the legal limit.
It may be safe to say that if you plan on drinking, do not plan on driving. Unfortunately, some people will assume they can safely drive even if they have been drinking and will go on to cause serious car crashes this summer. Those injured in crashes caused by drunk drivers will want to take the steps necessary to understand what compensation they are entitled to.