Impairment is the primary reason why drunk driving is prohibited. Being less sober, a person’s reflexes become slower. Impairment also affects: a person’s general ability to focus on the road; judgment; perception; coordination; and reaction time. The blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit in all U.S. states is set 0.08%; this means anyone will be caught driving with this BAC level (or higher) can be charged with alcohol-impaired driving, specifically, driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI).
There is simply no reason to drive while drunk – this is why the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) never fall short in reminding and advising people to take a cab, use public transportation or ask a friend to drive them home (leaving their vehicle securely locked instead) if they had drinks.
Because of the obstinacy of some people, however, drunk driving remains to be a major problem. In 2008, there were 13,838 alcohol-related fatal crashes; since then, the yearly number of deaths due to this irresponsible road behavior has never gone down to more than 10,000.
A victim of drunk driving suffers not only physical injuries and trauma. It is very likely that his/her family will also suffer financial hardship due to his/her absence from work, thus, lost wages and the need to pay costly medical treatment. Situations become worse if the injury leads to disability as this will mean more wages lost and higher cost of medical care.
The Benton Law Firm knows that driving drunk is one of the most dangerous and frequently committed crimes in the United States. Unfortunately, many people become comfortable driving “buzzed,” where they are technically under the legal limit of .08% blood alcohol concentration, and can easily segue into driving with a BAC above the legal limit. According to MADD, by the time a drunk driver is arrested, he/she will have driven drunk, on average, over 80 times. This pervading sense of confidence and “it won’t happen to me” attitude encourages risky habits and increases the chances of the driver getting in dangerous—and potentially deadly—accidents.
Victims of drunk-driving accidents should know that they can pursue a civil suit to seek for the compensation to which they may be entitled.Read More