BAC, or Blood Alcohol Concentration, is one term that often comes to the limelight and is discussed and debated after every drunk driving accident, fatal or non-fatal, in Georgia. BAC refers to the percentage of alcohol in the bloodstream of an individual and as per driving laws in the United States, there is a legal driving limit of this BAC.
Maximum BAC Lowered in 2000
At present, .08 BAC is the legal limit in all the states and the District of Columbia. This means that a driver in Atlanta found driving with a BAC of more than .08 percent will be accused of driving under the influence of alcohol and may be convicted. In this context, it is worth mentioning that the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), an autonomous federal body, had specified this BAC level in 2000 after decreasing it from .10 percent.
Now BAC is again in the news. NTSB has put forward a recommendation to reduce the BAC limit to .05. According the agency, evidence suggests that with .05 BAC, a driver’s mental faculties are impaired to a degree that can significantly hamper safe driving.
In the United States, percentage of fatal accidents related to alcohol-impairment was 31 percent in 2011. The drunk driving statistics are not much different for Georgia either. In Georgia, 23 percent of all fatal car accidents in 2011 were related to alcohol-impairment.
Legal Help for Atlanta Drunken Driving Accident Victims
Meanwhile, it is worth noting that victims of car accidents caused by drunken drivers are entitled to recover compensation for their damages. It is, however, a wise idea to seek the help of a personal injury attorney to help build a case.
The Law Office of Jason R. Schultz, P.C. provides legal help to victims of Atlanta car accidents caused by drunken drivers. Call (404) 474-0804 to schedule a consultation with an attorney.