In a recent, large-scale study conducted by David Phillips, the lead researcher at the University of San Diego, it has been revealed that drivers with even .01 blood alcohol content (BAC) are almost twice as likely to be the at-fault driver when involved in an auto accident with a sober driver.
After analyzing more than 570,000 fatal collisions from data that had been obtained from the FARS (U.S. Fatality Analysis Reporting System) database, researchers found that depending on the weight and gender of the individual, those with even a BAC of .01—which is the equivalent of just 1 to 2 drinks per hour—accounted for at least 46 percent more likely to be “officially and solely blamed” for an accident by crash scene investigators.
In a statement from Mr Phillips:
“We find no safe combination of drinking and driving — no point at which it is harmless to consume alcohol and get behind the wheel of a car…. Our data support both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s campaign that ‘Buzzed driving is drunk driving’ and the recommendation made by the National Transportation Safety Board, to reduce the legal limit to BAC 0.05 percent,”,
He also added:
“In fact, our data provide support for yet greater reductions in the legal BAC.”
At the law offices of The Eichholz Law Firm, we urge all motorists to avoid getting behind the wheel after having consumed any alcohol and if you or someone you love has been involved in an accident that was caused by a drunk driver, contact our auto accident legal team today.
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