Drunk Driving Accident
Impaired driving is widespread in the USA. Driving under the influence of alcohol is one of the most common forms of impaired driving. About 1/3 of the people convicted of DUI are repeat offenders. Alcohol impairment is, of course, quite easy to prove, if the right evidence can be collected at the right time as opposed to driving under the influence of drugs or fatigued driving.
Drunk drivers can be liable to civil or criminal prosecution for the accident caused by them while they were intoxicated or impaired in any way. Even though all sorts of impaired driving cases are ruled under the same regulations, some of the drunk driving laws are exclusive to those accidents where alcohol played a vital role.
Blood Alcohol Concentration or BAC is a critical factor in an alcohol impairment case. 0.08% is the BAC limit in almost every jurisdiction. However, drivers who are below the age of 21 have a BAC limit even less than 0.08. A Breathalyzer test is conducted by the law enforcement officials to determine the driver’s BAC. Although the test is not compulsory to take, if any driver refuses to take the test, his or her license can be immediately suspended without the establishment of his BAC.
This is precisely why any Washington, PA injury lawyer would advise you to take note of any other evidence in order to establish intoxication and for getting the due compensation you deserve with respect to the injuries caused to you and the damages brought upon your vehicle. Sometimes, it has been noticed that drunk drivers don’t have a valid license for driving, which suggests that if the driver ends up with a punishment of imprisonment, then they will not have an income. So, this might be a cause of delay in getting your due compensation amount. Although the driver may not be solely responsible for this, there are other third-parties from whom you can demand the compensation.
If you speak to an experienced Washington, PA injury lawyer or accident attorney, he or she will be able to tell you that according to the Pennsylvania dram shop law, any establishment which has served alcohol to an under-aged or an already intoxicated person, can also be held responsible for the impaired driver’s deeds. This includes restaurants, local pubs, liquor stores, as well as nightclubs. Apart from this, if an adult buys the drink for a minor who later causes an accident, the adult can also be held responsible for having provided him the alcohol he consumed.
Car crashes due to DUIs can be extremely tragic, involving the total destruction of a happy family involving death or serious maiming of individuals. Due to such drastic repercussions that can cost one for their entire life, it is imperative that one resorts to any experienced and reliable Washington, PA accident lawyer like we provide you, at Horowitz & Logue, and strive at an outcome in their best interest. Call us at (724) 288-9750 now to schedule a free consultation.