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Drunk driving facts

Drunk driving is still alarmingly common in Tennessee and across the United States according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The agency reports that nearly 30 people are killed in alcohol-related traffic accidents on U.S. roads each day. In 2017, 10,874 Americans died in drunk-driving wrecks, which averages to one death every 48 minutes.

When people consume alcohol, it is quickly absorbed by their digestive system and passed into their bloodstream. It then starts to reduce their brain function, diminish their ability to think and reason clearly and slow down their reaction times, which can all negatively affect their ability to safely operate a vehicle. A driver's level of impairment can be determined through a blood alcohol concentration, or BAC, test, which measures the weight of alcohol in an individual's bloodstream. The legal BAC limit in 49 states and the District of Columbia is .08. However, in 2018, Utah became the first state to enact a BAC limit of .05.

In order to prevent drunk driving accidents, traffic safety experts urge people to arrange for a designated driver, taxi or ride-sharing service each time they are going out to drink. They should also look out for their friends and prevent anyone who has been drinking from getting behind the wheel of a car. People who encounter drunk drivers on the road should report them to the police immediately. This action could save lives.

Individuals who have been injured in a car accident caused by a drunk driver may file a personal injury lawsuit to recover damages, including medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and property loss. Victims of drunk-driving crashes may learn more about their legal rights by discussing their case with an attorney.

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