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The Dangers of Drunk Driving

Everything in life has risks, including driving out and about to work, family commitments or leisure activities. However, when possible, it is prudent to minimize risks that you expose yourself to. When it comes to driving, there are many things that you can do to minimize your risks, including:

  • Driving during off-peak hours (before and after morning and evening rush hours)
  • Making sure your car is maintained (including tires, engine, etc.)
  • Taking steps to ensure that when you do drink, you NEVER drive.

While some people can’t always drive during off hours or always get to the garage for every single repair, the one thing everyone can do no matter the time of the day or their circumstances is to NEVER drink and drive. Speaking with a Mountain Park DUI accident lawyer helps victims determine their

Based on statistics from the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), 2003 saw at least 132,000 individuals severely injured (probably more). Car accidents are very prevalent and operators under the influence are a major contributor to this problem.

Based on statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for 2011, there were 5,338,000 auto accidents (based on police records). Since not every auto accident has probably been recorded, there are most likely more accidents and potentially more injuries and deaths. Looking at drunk driving statistics alone, nearly ten-thousand individuals (9,878) died from alcohol-related crashes.

How does alcohol impact a driver?

While State law determines that a person is driving drunk legally at 0.08 BAC (blood alcohol content), alcohol, even a single drink impacts a person’s senses. Understanding it will help you learn what it can to other drivers on the road.

Drivers with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.01 to 0.029 will often have little feeling, but the potential effects of slowed reaction times, vision and judgment may be impacted.

Operators with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.03 to 0.059 will experience more of the effects of alcohol including overall feelings of calmness. Some individuals will be less like to act impulsively, have lowered judgment and not be able to focus on things individually or in concert.

Individuals operating a car with a blood alcohol content (BAC) between 0.06 to 0.09 which meets and exceeds the legal threshold for driving legally drunk. Effects of alcohol include limited to reasoning and judgment skills, significantly slowed reaction time and compromised vision.

When an individual drinks alcohol, even a little bit, there’s a chance that a drunk driving accident can happen. If you or a family member has been killed by a drunk driver, you or your loved one may have a case. The only way to determine what happened and what the legal next steps are is by speaking with a Mountain Park DUI accident lawyer. Call our law firm today at (770) 487-8999 to schedule a free legal consultation with a Georgia DUI accident lawyer. The Law Offices of Shane Smith has experienced Gwinnett County DUI accident lawyers ready to help you understand how to obtain justice.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia