Tens of thousands of Americans are tragically and unnecessarily killed in drunk driving crashes, and countless more suffer injuries from such accidents every single year. Many Americans do not recognize when their driving is impaired, and overestimate the amount of alcohol is takes to push them beyond the legal limit. Even if a driver is technically below the legal limit, depending upon their weight, their reaction times and focus may still be impaired. If you are injured in a crash caused by impaired driving, do not hesitate to call an experienced Senoia DUI accident lawyer today so he can evaluate your case.
Every individual should make sure they are aware how many drinks it takes to affect their judgment and impair their driving. First, you should remember that a drink is considered 1 ounce of liquor, a twelve ounce beer, or three ounces of wine. Many people mistakenly fill a wine glass to the brim and count it as one drink, when usually that is actually the equivalent of two to three drinks. Also, there is not a fixed number of drinks that makes every person impaired. For instance, a 100 pound person is estimated to be legally drunk with a blood alcohol content of .08% after 2 drinks, while it may take a 200 pound person up to four drinks.
However, blood alcohol charts are not always accurate for everyone, because a number of additional factors can change how alcohol affects you. Some of these factors include:
- Medications you are taking
- How much you have eaten that day
- Fatigue or other physical weaknesses
- The speed with which you drink
All in all, when asking yourself how many drinks you can have before getting behind the wheel of a car, the safe answer should be “zero.” Any amount of alcohol can cause impaired driving and cause a drunk driving crash. If you happen to be involved in a drunk driving crash, it is important for you to contact a Senoia DUI accident lawyer at (770) 487-8999 as soon as possible. The Law Offices of Shane Smith are here to help you recover for your injuries.