The Dangers of Driving Drunk

Posted by Ryan Russman | Oct 29, 2013 | 0 Comments

According to Prevention Morbidity and Mortality and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports, car wrecks are the top cause of death within the U.S. for people beneath age 24. Of these deaths, over 40% are alcohol-associated.

Accidents that are alcohol-associated are so prevalent, that an estimated forty percent of every person in the U.S. will be included within a traffic mishap that's blamed on alcohol during some point in their lifetime.

A driver who has a BAC (blood alcohol concentration) of 0.10 or more is 7 times more likely to become involved within a deadly car crash than is the driver who hasn't drank alcoholic beverages, and the driver who has a BAC of 0.15 or more is around twenty-five times more likely. Pretty much, the more drinks you have, the more likely you will be to experience an accident, and a deadly one. The same will apply for the likelihood of experiencing any car accident, deadly or otherwise. Here is the truth:

  • The 160-pound individual drinking 2 beers inside of 1 hour probably would possess a blood alcohol concentration of 0.04, under the legal limitations of traveling under the influence, yet 1.4 times more than likely to experience an accident than somebody who's sober.
  • If you have 2 more beers, the likelihood of being involved in an accident increases nearly ten times. At .08 blood alcohol concentration, the driver will be 11 times more likely than a non-drinking driver to become included in a car crash.
  • Are you now up to a 6-pack of beer? The likelihood of experiencing an accident is 48 times higher than an abstainer and a driver has now passed the .10 blood alcohol concentration level.
  • Two more alcoholic beverages can place your BAC near to 0.15, during which point you're 380 times more than likely to be involved in an accident.

About the Author

Ryan Russman

Attorney Ryan Russman has dedicated his career to fighting for the rights of New Hampshire citizens. His practice, based in Exeter (Rockingham County) New Hampshire, is limited to cases involving DWI and DUI, other motor vehicle and criminal cases, and many cases involving personal injury. He is, however, best known as one of New Hampshire's leading legal authorities on DWI.


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