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The effects of alcohol on your system and your driving abilities

Rhode Island readers know alcohol affects people in different ways, and a person does not have to go over the legal limit of .08 percent to be intoxicated. In fact, a person could be unable to drive safely after just one or two drinks. Every driver is responsible for understanding his or her limits and knowing when he or she should not be behind the wheel.

Drunk driving is irresponsible and completely preventable, and it can lead to an increased chance of a car accident. People can start to feel the effects of alcohol after even just one drink. If you believe your accident was the result of an intoxicated driver, you have the right to seek compensation from the liable parties for your pain and suffering.

How much is too much? 

Alcohol can affect a driver's cognition and physical reactions, even after just one drink. While state laws consider a person legally drunk with a BAC of .08 percent or higher, BAC levels under that amount can still impact a person's ability to drive safely. Consider the following facts:

  • At .02 percent BAC, a person may experience a lessened ability to visually focus, and he or she may feel more relaxed and notice a change in mood.
  • At a BAC of .05 percent, a person will feel a lack of control over small muscle movement, which can lead to difficulty steering a vehicle.
  • At .08 percent BAC, muscle coordination is drastically reduced, and drivers may have difficulty controlling speed and having awareness of potential hazards.
  • With a BAC of .10 percent or higher, a driver will experience a clear and significant deterioration of cognition speed, muscle control, coordination and vision. 

The higher the BAC level, the more dangerous it is for a person to drive. It is possible to be drunk after just one drink, and it is possible for a person to be unable to drive safely with a BAC of just .02 percent.

Do you know what caused your accident?

If you are a victim of an accident caused by an intoxicated driver, you have the right to take legal action. You could have a rightful claim to financial compensation through a civil claim, which could allow to recover your financial losses. A complete evaluation of your case could help you understand more about what caused your accident and which legal options could be available to you.

After an alcohol-related car accident, you will find it beneficial to seek help as soon as possible. By taking quick action, you can secure important evidence and begin to move forward with the appropriate course of action as soon as possible.

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