In 2020, approximately 11,650 people in the United States were killed in a drunk driving crash. It is common knowledge that if a person in Virginia drives with a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.08 or greater, they cannot be trusted to operate a motor vehicle safely and competently and can cause a drunk driving accident. However, even drivers with a lower BAC can find that their physical and mental abilities are impaired, making them unfit to drive and capable of causing a drunk driving crash.
Can you safely drive with a BAC of 0.05?
If a driver’s BAC is 0.05, they are technically below the legal limit. However, they could still be too drunk to drive safely. When a motorist has had a few drinks, they will find that it is harder to focus on the road and their reaction time and decision-making abilities are slower. Steering, accelerating and braking also become harder.
Even if a driver only has a single drink, they may find it more difficult to make good decisions behind the wheel and focus on the road. One drink can also make multitasking difficult.
As this shows, it does not take much alcohol to impair a driver. Some drivers are over-confident in their ability to drive after drinking.
Pursuing a personal injury suit after a drunk driving crash
If you were injured in a crash caused by a drunk driver, you will want to be compensated for the harms you suffered due to the collision. Filing a personal injury suit based on negligence is one way to hold the drunk driver responsible and obtain the compensation you need to recover.