Study: Car accidents linked to drivers who are buzzed

23982670_sIn Nevada, according to the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles, it is illegal for drivers to operate a vehicle with a blood alcohol content level at or above 0.08. However, new research indicates that “buzzed” drivers, or those who only have a BAC level of 0.01, are more likely to be at fault for car accidents than sober drivers who are involved in a collision. 

The problem with “buzzed” drivers 

According to Fox News, drivers with a BAC level of 0.01 involved in this study were 48 percent more likely to receive blame for a car accident than other sober drivers. To come to this conclusion, researchers analyzed car accident data from 570,000 fatal collisions between the years 1994 and 2011. Although the legal BAC level in Nevada is 0.08, researchers noted that there is no BAC level drunk drivers can safely operate a vehicle at. Additionally, one of the researchers who conducted the study said that the only truly safe driver is one who has a BAC level of zero. 

Alcohol’s effect on drivers

 BAC level refers to the amount of alcohol in a person’s body in relation to a certain volume of blood. Although drunk drivers may not be accused of intoxicated driving unless their BAC level is 0.08, alcohol can still have an effect on a person’s driving ability at lower levels.  Regardless of their BAC level, drivers may experience a variety of different side-effects. These include the following:

  • Slowed brain function that inhibits their ability to react correctly in a dangerous driving situation.
  • A reduced ability to detect how fast other people, objects and vehicles are moving.
  • False confidence which may cause drivers to think that they can engage in dangerous driving situations, such as running a red light, failing to stop for a pedestrian or quickly changing lanes in front of another vehicle.
  • Increased inability to multitask or focus on the road. For example, this may cause a drunk driver to miss certain driving signals, such as a stop sign, or swerve into another lane while adjusting the radio. 

When a drunk driver is responsible for a car accident, the results may be disastrous for those involved. Drunk driving accident victims may suffer from a neck injury, brain injury, broken bones or another type of harm that may impact their ability to live a normal life now and in the future. Those involved in a car accident with a drunk driver may benefit from working with an attorney who can ensure that their rights to proper compensation are protected.