Posted on June 30, 2010 in Automobile Accidents
As the 4th of July holiday weekend approaches be mindful of drunk drivers on the road.
Alcohol-related car crashes kill someone every 45 minutes and injure someone every two minutes. Approximately 40% of all motor-vehicle fatalities are alcohol-related. Driving under the influence of alcohol is a very serious criminal offense and can even result in substantial jail time and pricey fees or fines.
A California car accident attorney explains:
A DUI refers to “Driving Under the Influence” while DWI refers to “Driving While Intoxicated.” Many times these terms are used interchangeably and can be used to describe the same or very similar situations. However, in some states, a DUI may be considered a lseer charge; the level of alcohol in blood can actually differentiate between the two. The most common DUI occurs when the driver’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is at 0.08% when driving. However, this does not mean that a driver would not receive a DUI simply because his or her BAC is lower than 0.08%. According to California Vehicle Code Section 23152(a), it is unlawful for any person who is “under the influence” of any alcoholic beverage and/or drug to drive a vehicle.
Nowhere in this code does it specifically articulate that the driver’s BAC needs to be 0.08% or higher. A driver can be considered “under the influence” for purposes of the California Vehicle Code Section 23152(a) when his or her mental or physical abilities are so impaired by drugs and/or alcohol that he/she is unable to operate and control a vehicle while conscious of other drivers or pedestrians. Due to drunk drivers’ inability to process or comprehend their own state, this reckless driving leads to car accidents, severe injuries, and wrongful deaths. Car accident attorney Emery Ledger of Ledger & Associates has seen the devastating effects of drunk driving and the serious ramifications it has on other drivers, passengers, and pedestrians alike.
Besides living with the guilt of injuring or killing an innocent individual, drunk drivers may also have their driver’s license suspended while also subject to separate criminal charges that may associated with the accident. Furthermore, if the drunk driver is found responsible for the accident, he or she may be liable for all monetary expenses resulting from the wrongful death or injury. In such cases, victims’ families would be well-advised to seek the counsel of a reputed California car accident lawyer who is experienced in financially pursuing drunk drivers.
Where negligence or wrongdoing is involved, families of deceased victims can file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation to cover funeral expenses, lost future earning, loss of love and companionship, and other related damages. A driver whose act of driving under the influence results in the death of another will likely face vehicular manslaughter charges under California Penal Code section 191.5 (a).
Being innocently victimized in a drunk driving accident can be an extremely difficult and stressful time. Please contact the lawyers at the Law Offices of Ledger & Associates. They can help you through your case while you concentrate on your health. It is critical that you speak with an experienced car accident attorney to receive the compensation you deserve for vehicle and bodily injuries. For a detailed accident consultation, call (800) 300-0001 or visit the website at www.ledgerlaw.com.
Being innocently victimized in a drunk driving accident can be an extremely difficult and stressful time. Please contact the lawyers at the Law Offices of Ledger & Associates.