What Are the Dangers of Impaired Driving?

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Every December is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. Unfortunately, there is an increase in impaired driving accidents around the holidays. Not only is driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs illegal, it could lead to catastrophic or fatal consequences.

The legal limit in California is a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 percent. Depending on a variety of factors such as sex and weight, two standard drinks could put a person over the legal limit. However, you do not have to reach the legal limit to feel the effects of alcohol impairment. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), at a BAC of 0.05 percent, alcohol can impair your:

  • Ability to focus on other vehicles or objects in your path
  • Coordination to steer the vehicle
  • Judgment of a dangerous situation
  • Reaction time to emergency situations

Before going out, you should plan a sober ride home. In a city like San Diego, you have options. San Diego has the Metropolitan Transit System, which provides transportation via bus or trolley. In addition, there are trains that could connect you with cities outside of San Diego. Other options include rideshare companies like Uber or Lyft, taxi services or having a friend or family member pick you up.

What Can I Do if I Get Into an Accident With a Drunk Driver?

After an accident, you should seek medical attention at the scene if needed. Then, there are other steps you need to take before leaving the accident scene. Our Glove Box Download could act as a reminder of what to do after an accident, but the most important steps are to exchange information with the other driver and document the damages with pictures.

If you have been in an accident with a drunk driver, we recommend that you contact an experienced traffic accident attorney as soon as possible to discuss your situation. You could have a viable claim to recover compensation for damages and injuries. An attorney could help you figure out the best course of action for your situation.

The attorneys at Traffic Accident Law Center have more than 35 years of combined experience advocating for traffic accident victims in San Diego and the surrounding areas of San Diego County. Contact our firm at (760)798-7000 for a free consultation.