With spring break in full tow, undoubtedly there is plenty of partying going on, especially from young folks reveling in their first semester accomplishments. It is during holidays and celebratory times such as these that we all must be more cautious and mindful when on the road. The chance of a run-in with an intoxicated driver is likely higher when there are more reasons to celebrate.
Drunk driving laws make it illegal nationwide to drive with a blood alcohol content at or above 0.08% for people of legal drinking age. There is also a no-tolerance law for drivers under 21, meaning there is no allowable level of BAC for this age group. Accurate BAC is determined with a blood test (analyzed at a lab) or breathalyzer administered by the onsite officer.
Incidents of drunken driving have decreased in the past few decades due to strict laws and higher awareness and education. The ease of access and availability of hired transport (such as taxi cabs, Uber, and Lyft) have also helped to lower the occurrences of intoxicated drivers on the road. However, accidents involving alcohol influence still do occur and are often injurious or fatal.
Should you or a loved one get involved in a vehicular accident involving alcohol, seek the advice and assistance of an experienced personal injury attorney immediately. Your injuries will likely require medical attention and you are entitled to have all your costs covered by the other party’s insurance. A personal injury lawyer will represent you if your case end up in the court of law, as is often the case with alcohol-related car accidents.