In 2016, it was recorded that 987 people were killed in vehicular accidents involving a driver under the influence of alcohol. A majority of those people were the drunk drivers themselves, however, innocent persons as young as 1-year-old were also affected.
First, though, we should look at how these accidents happen so often and assure you that you are not the only one whose life has changed as a result of them.
What Counts as a DUI Accident
In the state of Texas, anyone operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol content (BAC) level of 0.08% or higher counts as driving under the influence. A level of 0.08 is considered intoxicated in all people no matter how that number was reached, and this level often leads to diminished balance, lowered muscle coordination, and lessened hand-eye coordination.
Not only are these reflexes worsened with this level of alcohol content, but inhibitions and judgment skills are also impaired. This means that someone with a 0.08% BAC might drive in a relaxed state, see a pedestrian cross the street in front of him or her, and either not think to stop the car or fail to hit the brakes quickly enough to stop.
How Someone Gets to a 0.08 BAC Level
There is no set number of alcoholic drinks that can intoxicate a person. Factors such as weight, sex, and even how much food a person has eaten can contribute to a blood alcohol content number.
Generally, though, about 2 drinks for women and 3 drinks for men are a baseline for intoxication around the level of 0.08. One standard drink of alcohol can be equivalent to either a 12-ounce beer, a 5-ounce glass of wine, or a 1.5 ounce shot of distilled spirits.
How Often DUI Accidents Occur
1 in every 3 traffic deaths in the United States involve a drunk driver, and it was estimated that millions of more people than involved in accidents drove under the influence in 2010. National surveys find that about 1.9% of adults can admit to driving after drinking too much, and that number in Texas is higher at 2.1%. Texas is also reported to have a higher rate of DUI-related deaths across all ages than the national average.
How We Can Help
It is unfortunate, but it is also a fact that millions of people are affected by drunk drivers every year. It can be difficult to take the next step in your own DUI accident case, but a personal injury attorney or car accident attorney here at our firm can guide you through the process of figuring out your personal case.
If you have been affected by an accident involving a drunk driver, contact us for personalized help today.