Impaired driving can occur before legal intoxication

On Behalf of | Nov 1, 2021 | Drunk Driving Accidents |

Drivers must be fully capable of safely operating the vehicle before they begin to drive. There are times when a person may feel that they can drive but are actually impaired to the point that it becomes a safety hazard.

A drunk driver can cause crashes that injure or kill innocent people. One misconception is that the driver has to be legally impaired to face any consequences for their intoxication. In Colorado, it’s possible to face criminal charges and civil lawsuits for an impaired driving crash.

Lower blood alcohol concentration impairment

A driver may have impairment from alcohol long before they hit the legal threshold of .08% blood alcohol concentration. At as little as .02%, a person can have difficulties with tracking moving objects. By .05%, the person can have impaired judgment and a slower response. Other effects like a loss of small muscle control may also emerge.

In a civil case, the question that’s often posed is whether the driver was negligent or not. Addressing this information in your case is a cornerstone of what you have to do. Working with a professional to do this may make the process a bit less stressful.

Victims of drunk driving crashes should ensure they’re getting their injuries addressed by a medical professional. These injuries can have a significant impact on life. Seeking compensation is how the victims can try to recover some of the financial damages from the crash. This includes lost wages and medical expenses. Getting the case filed quickly is important since there are time limits set by law.