What Just a Few Drinks Does to Your Driving Ability

By Peter DePaolis

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Have you ever thought that just a few drinks would not impair your ability to drive? Many drivers believe that, and they often find themselves charged with a drunken driving offense. According to the National Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), one in three people will be involved in an alcohol-related car accident in his or her lifetime. Perhaps a better understanding of .08 can help decrease your chances of suffering injuries in a drunken-driving accident.

The overall effect that alcohol takes on the body depends on your weight and gender, as well as on how fast you drink and how much food is in your stomach at the time. No one can ever safely judge all these factors, but here is a general idea of what a .08 blood alcohol content can do to you:

  • Your muscle coordination becomes poor, affecting your balance, vision, speech, hearing, and reaction time
  • It becomes harder to detect danger, and most people experience some short-term memory loss
  • Your judgment, self-control, and reasoning become impaired
  • It becomes difficult to control your vehicle’s speed

Every one minute, a person suffers injuries in an alcohol-related car crash, according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). Having a better grasp of .08 can make drivers think twice about having a few drinks before hitting the road.

Has a .08 impaired driver harmed you or a loved one? Our team will fight for your case. Call today.

Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P.

Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia Injury Attorneys

About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.