In 2018, over 10,000 people died from a motor vehicle crash involving positive blood alcohol concentrations (BAC). Over 10,000! Interestingly, a significant portion (15%) of alcohol related crashes involve drivers below the federal blood alcohol legal limit of 0.08%. How are these accidents different from the more publicized accidents with drivers’ BAC over the legal limits? Marlene Lira and her colleagues aimed to better understand the characteristics behind these less-considered yet nonetheless tragic events.
What was the research question?
What makes lower BAC crash fatalities different from higher BAC crash fatalities?