Drunk Driving Accidents
Any car accident can have devastating consequences, but when a drunk driver is involved, it is even more tragic. In the state of Pennsylvania, nearly 25 people are injured every single day as a result of drunk drivers. Impaired driving has become an epidemic in the United States, with too many people drinking before getting on the roadway. Despite newly enacted regulations on drinking and driving, getting behind the wheel while intoxicated is still an all-too-common problem. And for the victims of those who drink and drive, the consequences can be deadly. Here in State College, Pennsylvania, given the large number of young college students, DUI and drunk driving is a major issue.
How Much of a Problem is Drinking and Driving?
Throughout this country, 40% of all accidents with fatalities involve drivers who are impaired by alcohol. Furthermore, each year drunk drivers put 112 million people at risk by driving intoxicated. Drinking and driving is a huge problem, and one that can lead to both criminal and civil prosecution against those responsible for causing an accident while drinking and driving. Accidents involving drunk drivers can have life-altering consequences, victims can be injured or killed as a result of drunk driving.
What You Should Do If You Are the Victim of a Drunk Driving Accident?
As with any accident, the first step after any collision caused by a drunk driver is to call the police. Take down important information like license, driver’s license, and insurance information from the other driver. You should also consider going to the doctor to make sure there are no life-threatening injuries. It is important that you contact an experience personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Even if the drunk driver is convicted of a DUI charge, a civil suit is still necessary to recover damages.
What sort of information is relevant in Civil Drunk Driving Suits?
Oftentimes, key information in a case involving alcohol impairment is the driver’s Blood Alcohol Concentration, known as BAC. BAC is the percentage of alcohol that is present in a person’s bloodstream, and is subject to strict limitations while driving. In Pennsylvania, there is a BAC limit of .08% for legal drivers. For those under the legal drinking age of 21, that limit is even lower, with anything over a BAC of .02% resulting in a citation for driving under the influence. Within a civil case, this information can be critical to establishing that victims are entitled to damages as a result of a drunk driver. Additionally, police reports, doctors examinations, hospital records, witness testimony and more can all be considered relevant in a Drunk Driving Trial.
How Can We Help?
It only takes a fraction of a second for a drunk driver to loose control of a vehicle and cause an accident, but the consequences of that second can last a lifetime. A responsible State College driver would plan to get a ride home, call a taxi, or arrange for a designated driver. But sometimes people choose to drink and drive, and accidents can happen as a result. If you or a loved one has been injured, contact the experienced State College Personal Injury Attorneys at Rehmeyer & Allatt today for a free consultation or case evaluation.
If you or a loved one have been charged criminally with DUI, please visit our State College criminal defense related pages here.