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Even a couple drinks can lead to a drunk driving crash

On Behalf of | Feb 5, 2021 | personal injury |

Most people in Maryland already know that if you drive with a blood-alcohol concentration above the legal limit of 0.08%, you are at risk of causing a drunk driving accident. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, even those with a lower BAC are still capable of causing drunk driving crashes, injuring or killing other individuals.

A BAC of 0.05%

A person with a BAC of 0.05% may have only had about three standard alcoholic beverages. A standard alcoholic beverage may be a 12-ounce beer with a 5% alcohol content, five ounces of wine or a 1.5 ounce “shot” of 80-proof distilled spirits or liquor. A person whose BAC is 0.05% may find that their coordination, their ability to track moving objects and their ability to respond to emergency driving situations is reduced. They may also find steering their vehicle is more difficult. It is easy to see how these impairing effects could lead to a car crash.

A BAC of 0.02%

However, what if you only had about two standard alcoholic beverages and your BAC is a mere 0.02%? Can this impair your driving ability? It can. Even if you have only had a couple drinks, your ability to track moving objects and perform two tasks at the same time is reduced. Again, these declines could lead to a motor vehicle accident.

Learn more about car accidents in Maryland

As this shows, even a couple drinks could impair a person enough to make them a danger on the road. If you were injured in a car crash caused by a drunk driver, you will want to know what your rights and options are. Our firm’s webpage on drunk driving accidents may be a good source of information to those who want to learn more about this topic.


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