DUI victim Abdallah Khader just celebrated his seventh birthday. It would be a cause for celebration except that Abdallah has been hospitalized since that day in February of 2009 when the vehicle he was a passenger in was struck by a driver in a pickup truck who had a blood alcohol level three times that of the legal limit. Abdallah, barely aware of his surroundings will likely never recover after the accident. Pneumonia threatens to end his young life. Abdallah’s parents celebrate their child’s birthday and keep their case in the eyes of the public in the hopes that no one else will drive drunk and potentially hurt or kill others. Alcohol affects different people in different ways. Your age, your gender, even your genetics as well as the amount of alcohol you consume can all play a significant role in how your body processes it. A single drink is considered to be equal to 12 ounces of beer, 1.25 ounces of 80-proof liquor, or up to 5 ounces of wine. In the State of Texas, the limit is 0.08% of Blood Alcohol Concentration or BAC. This is the legal limit for driving under the influence. For drivers with a commercial license, the BAC limit of .04% can result in a DUI conviction across the country and loss of a commercial license. Needless to say, you should never consider operating any sort of motor vehicle after drinking. Having a designated driver who consumes no alcohol is a very popular and safe way to avoid such situations. This link will lead you to the Blood Alcohol Concentration Chart from the State of Texas Beverage Alcohol Commission. These charts approximate the BAC over time and the number of drinks a person has had. It will help you gauge how long you need to wait before your BAC reaches a safe level for driving again, but please use your judgment as well. Don’t drive after drinking until you’re completely sober. If you have been in a serious car accident where alcohol was a factor, give our offices a call and speak with one of our attorneys. We have years of experience in DWI cases. We can help you to recoup not only the cost of damages, but also the costs of medical treatment, loss of work or wages, pain and suffering and permanent disability. We can also help you navigate through the many issues that arrive from insurance and long term care issues. We can also assist you in finding the best possible course of action for you and your loved ones to take.