Driving under the influence (DUI), the term most commonly used to describe the legal offense of drunk driving, has been attributed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to causing 15,387 of the 41,059 deaths by automobile accidents occurring in 2007. The figure represents 37 percent of the total fatal accidents throughout the United States.
The NHTSA says, “A motor vehicle crash is considered to be alcohol-related if at least one driver 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.”
In 2007 in the state of Florida, there were 1,111 fatal alcohol-related fatalities which represented 33 percent of the total in that state. Non-fatal DUI caused accident statistics are even more startling than the fatality statistics. Non-fatal DUI accidents include numerous disabling injuries across our land and hospital bills we are often left to fend off for ourselves.
It is true what some say, it does not pay to drink and drive. With these startling statistics, is there any wonder states are cracking down on the people who drive while drinking? Across the nation, depending on the severity of the traffic violation which would include the consideration of a fatality, convictions for drinking and driving can be considered a misdemeanor or a felony and can bring a multitude of harsh punishments. With a conviction, a person’s record could permanently brand him or her as a life time criminal. The record is often made public to employers and insurance companies.
Traffic laws are made to protect the innocent, and there usually is an innocent party in most traffic accidents. So, if you have been hurt, disabled, or had a fatality of one of your family members as a result of a DUI related accident, and you feel like you are the innocent party involved, these types of accidents are too serious and complicated for the average layman to handle by themselves. You more than likely need a legal professional to help advise you on what to do and how to protect yourself. Contact us right now and we will help you find the legal representation in your area that you will need.