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What to know about driving while impaired

On Behalf of | Jul 26, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Drunk drivers are more likely to cause an accident while traveling on a Florida highway because they lack control over their minds and bodies. Therefore, they are more likely to engage in risky behaviors such as driving too fast for road conditions or failing to look before making lane changes. Impaired motorists may also be less likely to obey traffic signals or notice objects in their path before it is too late to avoid a collision.

How is drunk driving defined?

Those who are 21 or older are prohibited from operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol limit of more than .08%. Motorists who are under the age of 21 are prohibited from driving after consuming any amount of alcohol. However, exceptions may be made for drivers who consumed trace amounts of wine for religious purposes. It’s also worth noting that drivers of any age can still be charged with DUI even if they remain under the legal limit.

How much alcohol do you need to get drunk?

An average person will need to consume four alcoholic beverages to reach the .08% threshold. A drink is generally defined as a can of beer, a shot of whiskey or a glass of wine. However, women, those with medical conditions and those who don’t consume alcohol regularly may need to consume less to experience tangible levels of impairment.

The same may be true of those who drink on an empty stomach or who drink alcohol while taking prescription medications or other controlled substances. Signs of impairment include an inability to stand, slurred speech or bloodshot eyes. Impaired drivers may have trouble maintaining their lane or operating their vehicles at a consistent rate of speed, which can increase their risk of causing a motor vehicle accident.

If you are hurt in a drunk driving crash, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills and other damages. You may also receive compensation for lost wages or lost future earnings related to the reckless behavior of an impaired motorist.

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