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.
If you're injured in a crash caused by a drunk driver (or any at-fault driver), you may not be aware of all of your injuries immediately. This might be especially true if you were a bit under the influence yourself and riding with someone you thought was sober enough to drive.
If you were injured in a car accident, you may be understandably nervous about getting behind the wheel again, or your injuries may prevent you from driving for a time. Either way, you're probably relying on friends, family members and Uber or Lyft drivers to get you where you need to go.
If you've been involved in a crash caused by a drunk driver, you're probably going to be looking for them everywhere as you get behind the wheel again. There are a lot of people driving under the influence this time of year. However, unfortunately, drunk and drugged drivers are a year-round problem on our roads.
With the holiday season here, people all around our area are going to be heading out to enjoy festivities. Unfortunately, some individuals are going to enjoy a few drinks and then think that they are able to drive home when the fact is that they are drunk. This can lead to serious accidents, especially when they are traveling along major thoroughfares like I-10.
There are many ways in which you can judge the risk of others driving drunk in a given state. You might compare the rates of drunk driving accidents per 100,000 registered drivers in the state to the national average or look at the state's number of successful impaired-driving criminal cases each year.