Driving while intoxicated is when a person with an illegally high amount of alcohol in their system drives a vehicle. And the results can be tragic. Nearly a third of all traffic-related deaths in the U.S. in 2014 were due to DWI. If someone on the road is intoxicated, there’s a high probability that they’ll be involved in an accident. Hinkle Law Offices can help if you or a loved one has been injured in a DWI accident.
Why is Alcohol a Problem for Driving?
It’s legal to be behind the wheel of a car if you’re not over the legal BAC (blood alcohol concentration) which is 0.08% for individuals 21 years of age and older. If you’re under 21, the legal BAC is 0.02%. Even that small amount can have a detrimental effect on someone’s ability to drive safely.
A BAC of 0.02% causes a decline in visual function and the ability to perform two tasks at once; both of these are critical to driving. The higher the BAC, the more difficulty people have driving. This includes:
- Reduced coordination
- Difficulty steering
- Impaired judgement
- Muscle coordination failure
- Impaired perception
Just one of these can affect driving to the point where accidents happen. With the combination of these factors and the danger of anticipating other drivers on the road, an accident is almost guaranteed.
Get Professional Help Today
If you or a loved one has been involved in a DWI accident, you need legal help. The medical expenses and repairs to your car shouldn’t be your responsibility to cover. You weren’t at fault; you weren’t driving while intoxicated, so why should you pay anything out of pocket to recover from the accident?
Hinkle Law Offices can help you get the compensation you deserve. We’ll work with you to gather the facts and then fight for your legal rights. Contact us today to get started with a free case evaluation.