The holidays are traditionally a great time for people to get together, but they also make for the perfect recipe for drinking and driving. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data shows that someone dies in an alcohol-related accident every 48 minutes in the U.S.
The shock of being struck by another vehicle can seem almost surreal. When you're in this position, it can be hard to think about everything you need to do. One of the most important things is to contact emergency services to have the police and paramedics come to the scene. Once the officer arrives, they will try to determine what caused the crash. If they have reason to believe that a drunk driver caused the wreck, they will take steps to determine if that's the case.
Law enforcement officers are routinely on the lookout for drunk motorists. They don't always get the opportunity to stop them before they cause a crash, though. Police officers find themselves performing field sobriety tests at the scene of an accident instead. Police officers generally haul motorists away for blood alcohol concentration (BAC) testing if they fail those. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) research shows that there are subtle differences in how BACs impact motorists.
Drunk driving wrecks are fully preventable because the driver didn't have to get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol. Unfortunately, innocent people are injured and killed every day by impaired drivers. It's imperative that anyone who is drinking alcohol understands the ways that it can affect their ability to drive safely.
Drunk drivers claim far too many lives each year. In fact, one out of every three fatal vehicle crashes has impairment as a named factor. Anyone who is on the road and sees signs of a drunk driver should try to remain away from that vehicle and alert the authorities, so they can determine what's going on with the driver. Unfortunately, many people make the decision to drive drunk, and innocent people are often the victims of that choice.
Across the United States, it's illegal to drive a vehicle if your blood alcohol content (BAC) is .08% or higher. While most people make sure that they have not drunk any alcohol before getting behind the wheel, unfortunately, it's the case that some put other people's lives at risk by driving while drunk.
A 20-year-old man from Baton Rouge is sitting in the East Baton Rouge Jail on multiple charges related to a recent motor vehicle crash.
It's safe to assume that if you're on the roads on St. Patrick's Day, you need to be on the lookout for drunk drivers. Regular drinkers and "amateurs" alike often get caught up in the festivities at their local bar or restaurant and overdo it -- whether on green beer or something really Irish, like Guinness or Jameson Irish Whiskey. Unfortunately, some of them then get behind the wheel.
People who are injured by a drunk driver will often have serious injuries that take a long time to heal. The fact that the wreck was fully preventable might plague the victim. This can add an emotional aspect to the healing process that wouldn't be present if the crash was truly an accident.
When you're involved in a crash, you don't immediately know the status of the other driver. When you find out that they were intoxicated, you might get angry because the crash was likely fully preventable. Instead of doing something you'll regret later, you can take steps to protect your interests, so you can seek compensation.