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Research shows no safe level of intoxication to drive

Victims of drunk driving accidents have important legal protections, rights and remedies to consider when harmed in a drunk driving car accident.

As recently reported by a West Virginia news' station, a new study found that even low blood alcohol content levels increase the likelihood of a car crash. Researchers would like to see drunk driving laws updated to reflect the findings. The study looked at 570,700 fatal car crashes over a period of 17 years, ending in 2011, in the U.S. The study focused on drivers below the legal limit of 0.08 at between 0.01 to 0.07 blood alcohol content level. Drivers with a blood alcohol content level of between 0.01 to 0.07 are sometimes described as "buzzed" drivers.

Researchers found that drivers with a blood alcohol content level of 0.01 were forty-six times more likely to be blamed for an accident than sober counterparts the "buzzed" drivers collided with. Researchers also noted that harsh penalties are typically only assigned to those with blood alcohol content levels of 0.08 and above. The researchers concluded from their findings that there is not safe level of intoxication when driving. Researchers support the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's view that "buzzed driving is drunk driving" and advocate for a reduction in the legal blood alcohol content limit to 0.05 and above.

Those impacted by a drunk driving car accident, including victims who have suffered injuries or surviving family members of victims killed in a drunk driving accident, may be left with emotional and physical trauma, as well as unexpected financial challenges. Drunk drivers are commonly considered negligent drivers and may face liability to victims, and families of victims, for damages following a drunk driving accident. A negligent driver may be required to compensate victims for pain and suffering and other types of damages and harm.

The harm from a drunk driving accident can be extensive which is why victims may wish to consider a claim for the compensation of damages. A trained personal injury attorney can help victims better understand the rights of victims following a drunk driving accident and pursue those rights if that is what the victim wishes to do.

Source:, "'Buzzed' drivers who are under legal limit to blame in many fatal crashes," Jan. 24, 2014

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