Alcohol Impairment At Legal BAC Levels Still A Risk To West Palm Beach Drivers
When drunk drivers take to the roads of West Palm Beach, they put countless lives at risk. Driving under the influence causes delays in judgment and reaction time. While police do their best to keep our roads safe, some drunk drivers continue to slip under the radar.
While some drivers may have done it in the past without any issues, it only takes one wrong move to cause a devastating crash. That’s why it’s important to consult with an experienced West Palm Beach auto accident attorney who understands how to handle accident claims involving drunk driving.
Can driving with a lower BAC level be dangerous?
Florida currently has a blood alcohol content (BAC) limit of .08. Motorists who are caught driving drunk can receive up to six months in jail, probation up to one year, mandatory community service up to 50 hours, and a fine of up to $2,000 ($2,000 to $4,000 if BAC is .15 or more).
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 10,497 people were killed in the United States due to drunk driving in 2016, with 2,017 of those road deaths involving driver with a BAC levels between .01 and .07.
Lower alcohol impairment levels can still put West Palm Beach road users in danger. At .02 BAC (far below the legal limit of .08 BAC), drivers can experience some loss of judgment and visual impairment and some loss of motor skills. At .05, which is still a legal level of intoxication, drivers can experience loss of muscle control, decline in judgment and alertness, loss of motor skills, and difficulty reacting to prevent a crash.
What to do after an accident with an alcohol-impaired driver
Despite the efforts of law enforcement, drunk driving accidents still remain high in the Sunshine State. The year 2016 saw a total of 5,223 traffic accidents caused by drunk driving. A total of 905 people were killed and 3,160 were injured during that year in accidents involving drunk drivers, according to the Palm Beach Post.
At David J. Glatthorn, P.A., we have seen lives of crash victims and their families turned upside-down because of the actions of a drunk driver. If you or a loved one was injured or worse in a car accident caused by a drunk driver, we can launch a thorough investigation and find out what factors were involved. Even mild, legal levels of alcohol impairment can be used as evidence in your claim.
To learn how we can help you. Contact us for a free, confidential case review.