When most people think about who is getting behind the wheel drunk, they probably think about someone who has had a few drinks or more, not just a glass of wine or two with dinner or a couple of beers with friends. While individuals with blood alcohol concentrations at or above Florida’s legal limit are a danger to everyone on the road, those who didn’t have as much to drink could be as well. The fact is that a person does not have to have a .08 BAC or higher to be impaired.
From the first drink, alcohol begins to cause impairment. Consider the following effects that often occur at lower BAC levels:
- Around two drinks are analogous to a .02 BAC and make most people feel relaxed, but they also come with some downsides as well. A person’s judgment may be compromised, their vision begins to decline and the ability to multitask is compromised.
- After three drinks, which equals an approximate .05 BAC, individuals are not as alert, inhibited or coordinated. Their judgment continues to decline, steering becomes more difficult, behavior is more exaggerated and response time is reduced.
- By the time an individual reaches the legal limit, the situation is already dire since mental and physical capacities only continue to decline.
When an accident occurs in which authorities suspect alcohol as a factor, they may look for a driver to have a .08 BAC, but they can build a case for impairment without it. Victims of impaired drivers, or their families in case of death, can do the same in personal injury or wrongful death claims, as applicable. An individual does not have to reach Florida’s legal limit to be negligent or reckless on the road and to cause injuries to innocent and unsuspecting people.