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Even one or two drinks can lead to intoxicated driving

On Behalf of | Nov 19, 2021 | Car Accidents

The way alcohol affects an Oklahoma driver depends on many factors. The person’s size and weight, as well as tolerance levels, medication and health conditions, can also impact how even a small amount of alcohol affects one’s cognitive function and physical capabilities. For some, even a small amount of alcohol can lead to intoxicated driving and a higher chance of an accident that could leave innocent people seriously injured. 

Each driver is responsible for knowing when he or she is not able to safely operate a vehicle. Failure to recognize the signs of possible intoxication could lead to devastating consequences. It is possible a driver could be intoxicated to the point where he or she should not drive after only a few drinks and with a low blood alcohol content. Individuals who act negligently and cause harm to others are liable for injuries and damages suffered by the victims.  

Alcohol and its effects on a driver 

Alcohol can begin to have effects on a driver from the moment of the first drink. While the driver may not have a blood alcohol content that is over the legal limit, he or she may still be affected by alcohol. Consider the potential effects of the following amounts of alcohol: 

  • Two drinks can lead to a BAC of approximately .02%, but the driver may feel effects that include decreased visual capabilities and trouble multitasking. 
  • Three drinks can cause a BAC of .05%, and it can cause difficulty steering, reduced response times and other decreased functions. 
  • Four drinks can lead to a BAC of .08%, and it can cause concentration problems, short-term memory issues, decreased information processing and other problems. 
  • Five drinks can lead to a BAC of .10%, and it can cause the driver to struggle with braking properly, staying in his or her lane, and reacting to hazards in the road. 

Alcohol consumption is a personal choice, but when one’s decisions negatively affect others, there are consequences. If you suffered because of a driver who was under the influence of alcohol, you have legal options. It may be possible for you to pursue damages and compensation through a civil claim. While this cannot reverse the pain and suffering you endured in a drunk driving accident, it can provide you with the resources you need to move forward after a traumatic event.