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.