Drink driving is a major cause of accidents on the road and drink drivers are a danger to themselves as well as others on the roads.

Even the tiniest amount of alcohol will have an effect on your body. Any amount of alcohol at all will have an effect on your ability to drive safely. Your performance on the road will be affected even after one pint or one glass of wine. If you drive after having a drink you will:

? Be a lot less alert on the road because alcohol reduces alertness.

? Take a lot less care when you are driving because alcohol gives you a false sense of bravery.

? Have trouble judging the manoeuvres you will make against the speed you are traveling.

? Take a lot longer to react to a hazard and take you a lot longer to stop because you reaction times are significantly impaired by alcohol in the blood.

There is a legal limit for the amount of alcohol you can have in your system in order to be safe to driver. Although there is a limit and you legally can have one drink you should never attempt to guess when you have reached the limit and drive anyway. The safest amount of alcohol to have before you drive is none. The current limits for driving after a drink are:

35 micrograms of alcohol per 100ml of breath.

80 milligrams of alcohol per 100ml of blood.

107 micrograms of alcohol per 100ml of urine.

If you are caught driving with alcohol in your system over the levels above you will be arrested and charged. You will face losing your licence a large fine an possible community service if you are charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.

If you have been injured in a drink driving accident through no fault of your own you need to seek road traffic accidents advice as soon as possible because you could be eligible to receive a substantial award.

Mr S was involved in a road traffic collision through no fault of his own and because he had been driving lawfully at the time of the accident and he was not over the legal alcohol limit he was successfully able to make a claim for personal injury compensation against the insurers of the third party that caused the accident. A large four figure sum in compensation was awarded to Mr S for the injuries he sustained in the accident and Michael Lewinsolicitors were pleased to be able to settle his case so quickly.

For advice about claiming compensation for injuries caused in drink driving accidents call Michael Lewin Solicitors on: 0844 844 8180.

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