In Colorado, whether alcohol is a factor in a crash is not as cut-and-dry as figuring out whether a driver is over the legal limit. Alcohol can still be a factor in a crash even if the driver was below the legal limit. A long as there is any alcohol in the blood, alcohol could be considered responsible for the crash even if a driver is not legally drunk at the time of the accident. As a result, it is best not to drink at all before driving.
In fact, the blood alcohol level that most states use as the limit may actually be encouraging people to have a drink or two before driving, knowing that they will still be under the line for what constitutes drunk driving. Nonetheless, any alcohol can impact a driver’s reaction time, even if they are not drunk. Studies have shown that blood alcohol levels as low as .03 can be a factor in a car accident.
Crashes in which a driver has alcohol in their system but is below the limit can have a disproportionate impact on younger people. As a result, some states are beginning to lower the legal blood alcohol level for drivers. In reality, a person should never have any alcohol before they get behind the wheel, even if they think that they could get away with it.
If you have been involved in an accident with another driver who had some alcohol in their system but was not legally drunk, you could still be entitled to financial compensation. You might consult with a personal injury attorney to learn your legal rights and what you need to do in order to receive payment for your injuries. An attorney may use the evidence that the other driver was drinking for your legal benefit to further increase your chances of receiving compensation.