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Alcohol and the effects on a driver

Driving a car can be dangerous and requires specific instruction and control. Even the best situations, people need to focus on driving and safely maneuvering the car. When drivers add alcohol to the mix, it becomes nearly impossible for people to drive as safely as they need to. And, as most people understand, the higher the blood alcohol content level, the more dangerous a driver is. For example, a person with a BAC level of .1 percent is seven times more likely to cause a car accident than a sober person.

While it is technically legal to drive with a BAC level below .08 percent, people can feel the effects of alcohol even with a lower BAC level. In particular, for young adults -- or those with lower tolerance for alcohol -- a BAC level as low as .01 to .03 percent can have an effect. A BAC level in the .04 to .07 percent, while legal, is still dangerous. In these cases, people can have a loss of judgment, lose muscle control and have a harder time focusing their eyes.

The more people drink the more severe these effects. It is unsafe to drive with a BAC level of .08 percent and above. In these cases, drunk drivers have severe loss of judgment, they have little muscle control and may need help with basic tasks. By the time a person has a BAC level of .16 percent, the person is 50 times more likely to cause a car accident when driving.

While drunk drivers likely know that they can be held accountable in criminal court for driving under the influence, people should also know that drunk drivers can be held accountable in civil court. With the help of an attorney, drunk driving accident victims can possibly receive compensation for their injuries.

Source: tn.gov, "ALCOHOL, OTHER DRUGS AND DRIVING," accessed Nov. 9, 2014

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