A person who gets behind the wheel after consuming alcohol is committing a crime. This is one crime which can have disastrous consequences. Everyone on the road is at risk when a person who has drank alcohol is in charge of a vehicle. Drunk driving has accounted for numerous accidents, many of which result in death. Statistics suggest that three in ten Americans at some point in their lives will be involved in an alcohol-related motor vehicle accident.
Drunk driving is a major cause for concern in the U.S. with the accident rate steadily on the rise. In 2005, as many as 1,700 people lost their lives because of alcohol-related accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In three fourths of the cases the driver had a blood alcohol concentration in excess of .08 percent which meant the driver was legally intoxicated.
Reaction Times Undermined
Alcohol in the bloodstream delays a driver’s reaction time and impairs judgment. Most of the time nothing happens, but situations do arise when something unexpected takes place, and a driver has to react quickly and appropriately. In such situations accidents occur because the driver is unable to respond in an appropriate manner. The result invariably is that innocent people are seriously injured, and at times killed.
Different Courts& Avenues
Drunk driving is a criminal offense where a criminal court sentences a driver. However, the criminal court has no authority to award compensation to a victim, or the victim’s family for injuries related to the accident or even wrongful death.
If you have been a victim of drunk driving, or if you have lost a loved one in a drunk driving accident, then you need to contact Taylor King and Associates to raise or make a claim for damages which are well-deserved. You could be entitled to compensation for medical expenses relating to your injuries, and a host of other monetary aspects. Be careful when talking to insurance companies because they would like to settle as quickly as possible, and pay the least amount they could get away with.Even if it is not enough to pay for your professional losses and even your medical bills.