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Drunk Driving: Facts, Effects and Consequences
Driving under the influence is a serious problem throughout Louisiana. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the rate of people who drive in Louisiana after having too much to drink was committed by 2.5 percent of adults in the state.
This is already almost a full percentage point higher than the rest of the country and only accounts for the people who actually admit to this crime.
The CDC further stated that over 3,000 deaths in the state were drunk driving accidents during the 10 years review period of 2003-2012. These are deaths that could have been avoided completely.
A number of personal injuries caused by drunk driving accidents have not been stated by the CDC, but it can be assumed that the number is concededly high. There are accidents related to driving under the influence that result in injuries occurring every day throughout the state.
Driving Under The Influence – Reality Check
A person is considered as someone driving under the influence if their blood alcohol level reaches or exceeds 0.08 percent. For those who exceed 0.15 percent, it is considered felony drunk driving. With each of these convictions come serious consequences.
What most people do not understand is that you can quickly reach these blood alcohol levels after one or two drinks depending on your body chemistry.
It should be understood that many of the urban legends surrounding how to tell if you have had too much to drink to drive are simply not true.
Yes, the effect of alcohol can be reduced if you have a higher metabolism or certain physical factors that metabolize and eliminate alcohol from the system faster.
But the reality is, there are very few people who meet these criteria, regardless of their personal beliefs. Other “tricks” such as drinking coffee, waiting a certain amount of time, or limiting intake only work by coincidence and do not effectively make you sober enough to drive.
The truth is if you have had anything to drink, do not drive.
Penalties Associated With Driving Under The Influence
If you are arrested for driving under the influence, you can expect to receive the following penalties:
- Suspension or revocation of driving privileges based on if this was your first offense or multiple offenses
- Large fines
- Mandatory jail time
- Community service
- Court costs
- Mandatory alcohol rehabilitation program
- Possible installation of Ignition Interlock Device
If your arrest involved an accident, you will automatically face felony charges and the penalties will be very severe. You will also face being sued by the injured party for the damages that were caused as a result of the drunk driving accident.
Drunk Driving Effects | Drunk Driving Fact
People while driving should have the sense of hands, eye and foot and brain should be normally functioning ie Brain should control all sense of hand, eye, and foot.
Safe driving requires alertness and should be quick in reacting with the environment with the best decision. Drunk driving effects may affect the real sense of people.
For example, drinking can have a negative effect on any of these skills:
- Reaction Time – If you are drunk then the level of alcohol increase in your blood which leads to slow reflexes, which can decrease the ability to react swiftly to changing situations.
- Vision – Consumption of Alcohol can slow eye muscle function, alter eye movement, and alter visual perception, possibly resulting in blurred vision. Night vision and color perception also can be impaired.
- Tracking – While your are drunk alcohol decrese your ability to huge the exact position of your car on the hight or road.
- Concentration – Alcohol may cause attention to driving to decrease and/or drowsiness to occur.
- Comprehension – Alcohol can hinder the ability to make rational decisions
- Coordination – Reduced eye/hand/foot coordination can be caused by drinking too much alcohol.
Personal Injuries Effects of Drunk Driving Caused By Drunk Driving
When you have been injured in an accident that is the result of another person’s actions, you have the right to seek compensation for your losses. As the victim of an accident, you are entitled to specific forms of compensation under the law. This also applies to accidents that were caused by a drunk driver.
While the person who was driving under the influence will face any additional charges by the Court, they will also be obligated to provide compensation for the losses you endured as a result of the accident they caused.
What To Do When You Have Been Involved In An Accident
If you have been involved in an accident, there are very specific things that you should do to protect your rights as an injury victim.
Seek Medical Attention At Scene.
It is very important that you seek medical care at the scene of the accident. Even if your injuries seem minor, or if you are not sure that you are injured, have a medical exam anyways.
A headache and upset stomach that you are experiencing may not be stress related at all. These symptoms can also indicate concussions, head traumas, and serious internal damage. While you do have the right to seek medical care for up to 7 days after the event, it is in your best interest to get checked right away, to avoid any serious conditions from becoming worse.
Your injuries may prevent you from talking to witnesses or taking pictures, but this should not prevent you from recording everything you remember as soon as possible after the event.
Once your injuries are stabilized, write down everything you remember about the accident, including the weather, road conditions, and any other special things you remember about the event. Keep this personal and do not share it with anyone except your attorney.
Avoid Making Detailed Statements.
Insurance companies often approach injury victim’s right after the event seeking statements about their condition. You are not in the position to make a valid statement at this time.
You are under emotional duress from the event and you may say things that later can impact your case. Provide your personal information and decline to answer anything else until you have spoken with a Shreveport personal injury lawyer about the event.
Never Admit Fault –
Even Partial. Saying something as simple as “I should have known they were drunk by the way they were driving behind me” could lead to the insurance company placing you partially at fault for the accident.
This could impact your rights for compensation. If asked how the accident happened, simply reply that you are really unsure at this time.
Contact An Attorney.
As soon as possible after the accident, you should contact a Shreveport personal injury lawyer about your accident. Protect your rights as an injury victim and seek legal representation.
Your attorney will from that point forward represent you to the insurance company and make sure that you are receiving the care you need for your injuries and the compensation that you deserve for your losses.