Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) is a measure of how much alcohol is in someone’s bloodstream. Law Enforcement has several means of determining the level of someone’s intoxication, however, the BAC is the most accurate measurement of someone’s alcohol impairment.
In Louisiana, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle at or above .08 BAC. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that .08 BAC laws are effective in reducing alcohol related fatal crashes. When drivers reach .08 BAC their critical driving skills, such as judging distance, speed and braking are severely impaired. As a matter of fact, a person is 11 times more likely to be involved in a fatal car accident than a sober person, and this statistic drastically increases as it relates to general personal injuries suffered in car accidents caused by drunk drivers.
Mother’s Against Drunk Driving (MADD) has outlined some of effects of drinking and driving:
If you or a loved one has suffered a personal injury as a result of car accident and the driver was found to have an .08 BAC or higher, learn about your legal rights from an experienced New Orleans car accident attorney by filling out our free, no obligation case review form located on this website.