Justice for Victims of Drunk Driving Accidents
Drunk driving is illegal in all states in the US, though the treatment of the case depends on the jurisdiction of each state. The offense is categorized under several names such as driving under the influence (DUI), driving while intoxicated (DWI), operating while impaired (OWI), or operating a vehicle under the influence (OVI). Vehicles are not just limited to motor vehicles but also extend to farm machinery and horse-drawn carriages, among others.
What is categorized as drunk driving?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says, “A motor vehicle crash is considered to be alcohol-related if at least one driver or non-occupant (such as a pedestrian or cyclist) involved in the crash is determined to have had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .01 gram per deciliter (g/dL) or higher. Thus, any fatality that occurs in an alcohol-related crash is considered an alcohol-related fatality. The term ‘alcohol-related’ does not indicate that a crash or fatality was caused by the presence of alcohol.” A driver involved in a motor vehicle crash is considered alcohol-impaired if he or she exhibits a BAC of .08 or greater.
How often do such accidents occur?
The NHTSA has published various facts and statistics – most of them quite shocking – with regard to drunk driving, and the injuries and deaths caused by it. It has been identified that one in every three people will be involved in an alcohol-related crash in their lifetime. Almost every 90 seconds, a person is injured in a drunk driving crash. Drunk driving costs the US $132 billion a year in damages, medical expenses, funeral costs, legal expenses and more.
Who are the victims?
Statistics say that young people, motorcyclists and drivers with prior DUI convictions are the most at risk in this regard. It is also a sad and disheartening fact that a large number of the victims of these accidents are children in the age group of 0-14 years.
What is the best course of action for victims?
This is where the attorneys at Wagner Reese can come to your aid. A drunk driving accident lawyer can represent you in the event of such an accident and will assist you in recovering all damages incurred due to the accident. Such compensation is recovered from the drunk driver’s insurance and will cover all the property damages and medical treatment reimbursements that the victim has had to bear.
Give the law offices of Wagner Reese a call today for more information on how we can help you recover from the tragedy of a drunk driving accident.