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How alcohol can cause car accidents

In 2015, more than 10,000 individuals lost their lives in drunk driving accidents on American roads, including too many people from Tennessee. Despite efforts by law enforcement officials and educational providers to teach people about the dangers of driving while intoxicated, the practice continues to be a deadly problem. This post will provide information to readers about why drunk driving is so dangerous and how alcohol can affect a driver's ability to operate their vehicle.

Even a small amount of alcohol can have a fast impact on a driver's cognitive function. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a person with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .02 percent, which is a quarter of most legal limits around the nation, may experience impairment of their judgment and problems with their visual functioning. When the person's BAC increases to .05 percent, those impairments become more apparent and other problems, such as decreased alertness and the inability to react to unexpected situations.

By the time a driver's BAC rises to .10 percent, which exceeds the legal limit in Tennessee and many other jurisdictions, they may not be able to maintain their position in their lane or stop their vehicle, if needed. It should become quite clear to readers of this personal injury law blog that drunk drivers are a significant danger to others, even when their alcohol consumption or BAC levels are lower than the limit set by the state.

When a person suffers personal injuries in a drunk driving accident, he may be overwhelmed with the work that must go into getting back on their feet. It can be difficult to cope with the many financial and emotional costs that come with suffering injuries as a drunk driving accident victim. But, some individuals are able to secure compensation for their losses through civil litigation with the help of personal injury attorneys.

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