Very simply, the more you drink, the more chance you have of being in an accident, often a fatal one. That is the danger of drinking and driving. Let’s go into detail on why it’s so dangerous, what you can do to avoid it, and when to get legal assistance.
According to a recent About.com study on alcoholism, if you have a BAC (blood alcohol content) level of .10, you are seven times more likely to get into a fatal crash than another driver who has not been drinking. Even a minor accident can lead to death, especially at night. If you go even further, to levels as high as .15 or .2, you are even more likely to get into a fatal car accident (about 25 times more according to the study). Drinking and driving is one of the leading causes of death. And there are penalties if you’re driving causes a death, which we will be going over.
You may not die, or the other driver may not die. You may face a major injury. Trauma from an accident, broken bones, sometimes being paralyzed, or a variety of other things many simply do not want to think about. Well, this is the reality. You need not die, obviously, to have your life changed because of drinking and driving.
You are putting other drivers at risk by driving. Drinking and driving affects your vision, your coordination, your ability to see distance, and may even lead to passing out while driving. There are many more effects, but this is fairly obvious stuff. The point is your driving may not harm you at all; you may not see the other driver and run right into his driver’s side door, killing him.
And if someone dies because of your drinking and driving, it can be called “vehicular homicide,” which has very serious charges. There are thousands of deaths every year related to drinking and driving. It’s a leading cause of death in all 50 states. You stand to do more than lose your license; you face serious jail time.
Mixing With Drugs
Mixing alcohol with other drugs further hurts your ability to drive. You may not even know your medicine should not be taken with alcohol, but it’s your job to find out. It may lead to a severe problem before you even start driving. Drugs obviously cause thousands of deaths every year too.
The final danger of drinking and driving is facing some serious license suspensions, fines, jail time, probation, and more. State laws all differ on how to charge you. If it’s found you have a BAC of .8 or higher, you will be charged. All states use this law.
Who can help? If you’re charged with a DUI, perhaps one where you or someone else was hurt, it’s important to hire an experienced lawyer. Get someone who specializes in DUI law. While you do have the option to defend yourself or use a court appointed lawyer, it’s important to hire a professional who understands the laws and can help.