According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drunk drivers are responsible for almost 30 fatal motor vehicle crashes every day in the United States. Even more people are injured by drunk drivers, often resulting in significant medical bills or lost income. People who get behind the wheel can incur both civil and criminal liability when they cause injury or damage to property. When a drunk driver injures another person, then victim or victims may be able to recover damages through a personal injury lawsuit. The attorneys of the Law Offices of Shane Smith are dedicated to helping people injured by drunk drivers recover for their injuries. We understand how impaired drivers can ruin lives, and are committed to holding them responsible for their actions.
In recent years, there have been many public safety initiatives to lower the incidence of impaired driving. These have included tougher enforcement, enhanced penalties, education initiatives, and stricter definitions of “impairment.” Recently, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) proposed that states get even tougher on people who drive after drinking. The agency recommends that states lower the allowable blood alcohol content (BAC) of drivers from .08 to .05. According to a press release on the NTSB website, most drivers experience a decline in both cognitive and visual functions with a .05 BAC, significantly increasing the risk of being involved in an accident. Not surprisingly, trade associations such as the American Beverage Institute oppose the measure, arguing that it criminalizes perfectly responsible adult consumption of alcoholic beverages.
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Regardless of the merits of the proposal, if adopted, it will make it easier for people injured by impaired drivers to establish legal liability in the event of an injury. Anyone who has been involved in an accident involving a drunk driver should consult with one of the experienced personal injury attorneys of the Law Offices of Shane Smith as soon as possible. Damages available in a drunk driving accident case could include compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and property damage, among others. In order to speak with one of our experienced Fayette County DUI accident attorneys, call our office today at (770) 487-8999.