The decision to drive under the influence can lead to more than just criminal charges. Those who choose to drive under the influence could expose themselves to civil liability for anyone they would injure in the course of them operating under the influence. It is illegal to drive a vehicle with Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) level of .08% or greater. However, even if the individual does not have a BAC high enough to lead to criminal charges they may still find themselves responsible for any damage they cause.
Any level of alcohol in a driver's blood can be used to show they were in an impaired condition. Anyone operating with a BAC under .08% can have slowed reaction times, loss of judgment, exaggerated behavior, and may have some loss of small muscle control. See CDC .This can be seen in those with a BAC as low as .02%. It is easy to see that these losses in function and ability can increase the risk of being in an accident with an impaired driver.
Center for Disease Control states:
"Every day, 29 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. This is one death every 50 minutes.1 The annual cost of alcohol-related crashes totals more than $44 billion." CDC
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