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How is blood alcohol concentration measured?

If you are involved in an accident with a drunk driver, one of the things that officers may ask of the other driver and possibly you as well is to submit to a series of tests to determine whether either of you are intoxicated. A number of these test revolve around your blood alcohol concentration.

The legal limit in all 50 states is 0.08 percent. If your BAC is at or above this level, you could be charged. At the same time, if the other driver is found to be over the limit, you may be able to claim compensation. Drunk drivers endanger themselves and everyone on the road around them, so it is entirely understandable that you might want to pursue legal proceedings if you are involved in a DUI accident.

As is explained in this article, there are a number of ways that your BAC can be measured. Hair follicles, breath, blood, saliva and even urine can be tested. Often, a Breathalyzer will be used to determine whether a driver is intoxicated. Although the accuracy of these devices is sometimes challenged if they have been improperly maintained, they are generally considered accurate enough by most courts.

It is also possible to purchase personal BAC-testing devices. The accuracy of these devices varies greatly from one product to the next. However, they could provide a useful guideline if you are unsure about how much you have consumed. Overall, however, the best way to avoid becoming part of the problem is simply not to drive after drinking.

If you have been the victim of a drunk driving accident, you will already know the damage and distress such incidents can cause. However, a positive BAC test on the responsible driver may strengthen your case. An attorney will be able to analyze the evidence available and help you to establish whether you have a valid claim.

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