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Do officers always test a driver's blood alcohol level?

Every day, people get into their car and decide to drive home while they are intoxicated. Some people make it to their destination, but unfortunately, others will end up causing a fatal accident. Should this happen, there are a number of things the police might do following the accident, including testing the blood alcohol level of all parties involved.

If a drunk driving accident occurs and someone is injured, fatal or not, officers do not always test the blood alcohol level of the people involved. In some states, the decision to do so is left up to the officer's discretion, but in others, it is mandatory. In the state of Texas, this testing is discretionary, but it can be ordered if there is a suspicion that the driver was impaired at the time of the accident.

When it comes to proving who was at fault for the accident and seeking damages, the driver's BAC may play an important role. Because a person who is intoxicated is impaired, they are likely not able to drive to the best of their abilities. Depending on the BAC, the courts may look at this as clear indicator of who caused the accident, but also if someone should be compensated for their injuries or the loss of a loved one.

Drunk driving accidents can easily be avoided, but that is only if people are smart about the decisions they make. If a person is not able to drive themselves home because they have been drinking, they should attempt to find another way to get there instead of endangering their own life and the lives of others. Anyone who has been involved in a car accident may want to speak to an attorney about their options.

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