Drinking and driving is extremely dangerous and can put many lives at risk. Drunk driving accidents can often lead to serious injury and even death to the driver, passengers, or other drivers on the road. More than 10,000 Americans die each year in drug and alcohol related accidents, and hundreds of thousands more Americans are injured.
BAC (Blood-Alcohol Concentration) Testing for Serious Accidents
- After being in an accident, an officer may stop and ask one or more of the drivers involved if they had been drinking. He may also want to search the car and see if there are any open alcohol bottles lying around. The officer may also look into the drivers’ eyes for signs of impairment as well as conduct other field sobriety tests.
- If an officer can conclude that a driver is under the influence of alcohol or drugs after conducting a blood-alcohol concentration test, then the officer will arrest the offender for drunk driving.
Laws Regarding BAC testing of drivers after serious accidents
- Mandatory Testing – Many states require BAC testing of all drivers, passengers, and/or pedestrians who are fatally injured in an automobile accident. Roughly half of U.S. states have mandatory testing laws.
- Discretionary Testing – Some states allow for BAC testing of individuals who are fatally injured in an automobile accident, although it is up to the choice of medical examiners or other officials. More than 10 U.S. states have discretionary testing laws.
DUI accident injuries
Survivors of DUI injuries may experience severe injuries which may impede their daily activities. Simple tasks such as walking up the stairs, preparing a meal, cleaning, and brushing one’s hair may become extremely difficult to perform. Injuries following a DUI accident may include but are not limited to
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Disfiguration from burns and scars
In addition to physical pain, there is plenty of emotional baggage and financial burden that survivors and their families must face. Medical bills may be extremely costly due to surgeries, hospital stays, and rehabilitative therapy, etc. Therefore, the combination of emotional and financial burden can be very tough and drain the energies of both the survivors and their families.
Who is Civilly Liable?
- Drunk drivers who have caused the accident may be civilly liable for victims’ injuries or wrongful death, in addition to criminal charges for DUI.
- If you or a family member have recently been involved in an accident caused by a drunk driver, then you may claim damages in a civil lawsuit. You may also pursue a wrongful death lawsuit if a family member was killed in an accident caused by a drunk driver.
If you or a family member have been involved in an automobile accident, where alcohol has been involved, it is recommended that you seek professional legal help. Choosing the right attorney for your personal injury claim is important. At State Law Firm, APC., we will help you get the recovery and compensation you deserve. We dedicate our time to getting the maximum compensation for drunk driving accident victims. We will take care of negotiating with the insurance companies, while allowing you to recover from the trauma of the accident.
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