DALLAS, Texas. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, 28.7 million people in the nation admitted to driving while drunk in 2013 alone. This means that more people admitted to drunk driving in 2013 in the U.S., than there are people in Texas.
The holiday season brings with it parties and drinking. While it is always best to plan ahead by planning to take a ride share home or have a designated driver, sometimes people drink more than they thought they would. How can you tell whether you’re too drunk to drive? How can you tell whether you’re over the legal limit?
First, if you’ve had anything to drink, your best bet is not to drive. It can be very difficult to make a good judgment call when your judgement is compromised. According to Business Insider, how much you’ll need to drink in order to exceed the legal limit depends from person to person. Factors like your weight, your gender, how much you’ve had to eat, your metabolism, and other factors can play a role in how much you’ll need to drink in order to exceed the legal limit. However, after just one drink, anyone can be potentially too intoxicated to legally drive, and even if you are not compromised legally, you may still not want to drive from a safety perspective. Furthermore, no one should ever rely on a chart to determine whether they are safe to drive. If you have had a drink and are concerned, it might be safest to pass the keys to a loved one or friend.
Many individuals begin to feel the effects of alcohol after just one drink, but after two drinks, most people are too impaired to drive (though they might still be technically under the legal limit). Driving after drinking can have an impact on your life, even if you don’t exceed the 0.08 limit. For example, let’s say you drink and drive and get into an accident in which a person gets injured. If officers ask you to submit to a breath test and find that you have been drinking at all, this evidence could be used against you in a civil case and you may be responsible for paying for a victim’s medical bills, rehabilitation fees, and lost wages.
It works the other way, too. If you’ve been hurt by the actions of a drunk driver, you may be entitled to seek damages under the law, whether or not the driver was considered to legally exceed the 0.08 legal limit. There are many factors courts will consider when considering negligence—drinking and driving is certainly one of them.
What’s the takeaway? Don’t drink and drive this holiday season, and if you are in an accident with another driver, always call the police—no matter how minor the crash. If alcohol is determined to be a factor in your accident, you may be entitled to seek damages for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and property damage. The Lenahan Law Firm are qualified personal injury lawyers in Dallas, Texas who work with individuals who have been hurt in many different types of accidents. If you’ve been hurt due to the actions of a drunk driver this holiday season, the Lenahan Law Firm may be able to help you seek justice for your losses.