Tampa Drunk Driver Accident Lawyer
There are many ways in which a driver can cause an accident. One common one is drunk driving. In Florida, a motorist is legally driving under the influence when their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is .08 or more. However, a driver who is deprived of normal faculties can also be considered under the influence, regardless of BAC.
A DUI conviction comes with serious penalties such as fines, jail time, and license loss, but many people still choose to drink and drive. Even in the age of rideshare options such as Uber and Lyft, there are those who will still attempt to drive home, injuring or killing themselves and others in a serious crash.
A drunk driving crash can result in numerous damages. Seek legal help from a Tampa drunk driving accident lawyer from Franco Law Firm today. We have the knowledge and experience to help you with your accident claim.
Effects of Alcohol on Driving
Many people overestimate their abilities to handle alcohol. They may think they are fine after slamming down a few drinks, but the truth is that even just one drink can affect your body.
After one drink, your BAC may be at 0.02. At this point, your ability to multitask decreases. You also feel more relaxed and start to lack judgment.
When your BAC hits 0.05, it becomes harder to stay alert and track moving objects. There is also an increased lack of judgment and coordination, making it harder to stay in your lane and avoid other vehicles.
At 0.08, you are now at the limit and can be legally arrested for DUI. You’ll experience all the above, plus lack of speed control and reduced ability to concentrate. You’ll also see issues with short-term memory and it can be harder to process information.
At 0.10, controlling your vehicle becomes much harder. Plus, you’ll likely experience slurred speech and poor coordination.
Things get really bad once you reach 0.15, or almost twice the legal limit. Vision and hearing are impaired and you may start vomiting. Attention span sharply decreases and you’ll have virtually no balance or muscle control. Driving at this BAC is very dangerous.
Drinking and driving is a serious issue that causes tens of billions of dollars in costs in the United States alone every year. These expenses go toward things such as emergency medical services, medical expenses, lost wages, lost productivity, property damage, and higher insurance costs.
Contact Franco Law Firm Today
A DUI accident often results in serious injuries, especially for the innocent victims. If you or a loved one has been affected, make sure you seek legal help.
While the offender can face criminal charges for their actions, they can also face a civil claim from the victim. Franco Law Firm can help you get compensation and justice after a serious car accident. Call (813) 872-0929 or fill out the online form to schedule a free consultation with our Tampa drunk driving accident lawyer.