According to U.S. and Nebraska laws, a driver is defined as intoxicated or under the influence of alcohol any time their Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) is over 0.08%. If you’re pulled over for any reason and are tested to have this much alcohol in your bloodstream, you can be given a DUI/DWI even if you were not pulled over due to any noticeable driving impairment.
It’s important to note, however, that even alcohol levels under 0.08% can cause a deadly car crash. Here are the facts you need to know regarding how much alcohol it takes to become impaired in Nebraska:
- 02% BAC is roughly the equivalent of one drink. This level typically causes some loss of judgement, a relaxed disposition, and a mood that’s slightly altered. It may not cause any noticeable effects on a person’s ability to drive, but in some cases even 0.02% may cause a decline in visual functions (rapid tracking of moving targets) as well as a decline in the ability to multitask.
- At 05% BAC, most alcohol consumers start to display effects like exaggerated behavior, a loss of small-muscle control, impaired judgement, and lowered levels of alertness and inhibition. Anyone who tries to drive will begin experiencing a lack of coordination, difficulty steering, a reduced ability to track moving objects, and a reduced response to emergency situations.
- 08% BAC is when U.S. laws consider it illegal to drive. Individuals will experience poor muscle coordination (loss of balance, speech, hearing, and vision), find it difficult to detect danger, and experience impaired self-control, judgement, memory, and reasoning. Getting behind the wheel with this much alcohol on your bloodstream will result in difficulty focusing on the task of driving as well as short-term memory loss, lack of speed control, impaired perception, and a reduced level of information processing.
- At 0.10% BAC, an individual will experience a clear deterioration of reaction time and control, slurred speech, poor coordination, and slowed thinking. They will find it extremely difficult to maintain lane position while driving and brake appropriately—in addition to every other negative effect listed above.
- 15% BAC is the point at which an individual is likely to start vomiting. They’ll be unable to keep their balance and will suffer from severe impairment when attempting to drive or perform any tasks requiring visual or auditory information processing.
Regardless of whether you had one drink or eight, getting behind the wheel after consuming any amount of alcohol can cause an accident. It’s clear from the above list that even 1-2 drinks may impair an individual’s ability to drive safely and avoid situations which may result in a car crash.
If you or someone you love was in a car accident with a driver who was impaired by alcohol, don’t hesitate to seek legal aid. At Welsh & Welsh, our Omaha car crash lawyers are experienced in helping Nebraska residents receive the compensation they need to recover after an accident that wasn’t their fault. We can help your family move forward. Get in touch to learn more.
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