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    Posted on June 27th, 2011

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    The current .08% maximum blood-alcohol limit followed in California and across the country do not really protect against severely injurious accidents.  According to a new study, the risk of an accident involving serious injuries increases even when a person is driving with minimal traces of alcohol in his system.

    The researchers, who analyzed accident records between 1994 and 2008 from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System, compared accidents on the basis of the severity of the injuries.  They found that accidents in which persons were driving even with the barest minimum alcohol in their system, resulted in injuries that were more serious compared to accidents in which alcohol was not a factor.  In fact, the increase in the severity of injuries was as much as 36.6% compared to when a person was not driving with any alcohol in the blood.

    For Los Angeles traffic accident attorneys, it’s easy to pinpoint the reasons for this increased risk of serious injuries when an accident involves a drunk motorist.  For one thing, drunk drivers are almost always reckless and most drunk driving accidents also involve speeding and aggressive driving.  These accidents are typically high-impact accidents that lead to the most catastrophic injuries.

    Additionally, drunk drivers are less likely to wear seat belts.  Further, they’re less likely to ensure that the other occupants of the vehicle are safely buckled in.  During an accident, these persons may be at risk of ejection, causing serious injuries.   In a traffic accident, drunk drivers are much more likely to be the motorist driving the striking vehicle.

    The researchers have one piece of advice for drivers – If you plan to drink, don’t make plans to drive at all.  Researchers are hoping that their study will coax legislators to review the minimum DUI standards around the country and lower these further.

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