Drunk Driving is one of the leading causes of auto accidents in the United States. In 2015, according to figures released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 10,265 people died in drunk driving accidents. That means one person died every 52 minutes due to drunk driving. An additional 290,000 people were injured in DWI / DUI driving crashes.
All 50 states have a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) limit of .08 in regards to driving while intoxicated (DWI). As well as a .04 limit for commercial vehicle drivers.
In Louisiana, it is a crime to drive a vehicle with a blood content level of .08% or above. Louisiana also sets the blood alcohol content (BAC) limit at .02% for underage drivers. A level of .15% or higher will carry aggravated charges, sometimes with heavier penalties. DWI laws also apply to Louisiana drivers found to be under the influence of intoxicants other than alcohol. Intoxicants carry the same charges and penalties as alcohol. Unfortunately, many careless individuals continue to drive under the influence. These laws also apply to other types of transportation. This means boats, and recreational vehicles fall under similar limits.
In 1980 there were an estimated 20,000 deaths related to drunk driving accidents every year. That same year Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) was founded. In the years since it’s formation there has been a marked decrease in drunk driving related deaths. MADD pushed to reduce the legal BAC from .10% to .08%. They worked to raise the minimum drinking age to 21. MADD popularized the push to assign a ‘designated driver’. They went on a very public campaign to work to increase drunk driving awareness and reduce drunk driving crashes. The Tie One On For Safety campaign has been running since 1986. It encourages the use of a sober driver and the refusal to drive intoxicated during the November & December holidays. MADD also publishes, thousands of billboards drawing attention to the horrors of driving drunk. In 2016, there were 10,497 fatalities, down from 1980’s average by nearly half. They continue to work towards the goal of 0 alcohol related deaths a year.
You may have a liability claim if you have been the victim a drunk driving accident. Wrongful death claims can be made if you have lost a family member because of a drunk driving accident. Our personal injury attorneys can help you to receive compensation. Criminal charge may be brought against the driver that causes a DWI / DUI accident by the State. The driver may receive a jail sentence, penalty or probation. Hopefully that keeps them from driving intoxicated in the future. It does nothing to reduce the financial devastation that accompanies serious injuries. We will hold the responsible parties financially accountable for their negligence and harm.
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Driving While Intoxicated is one of the leading causes of auto accidents in the United States.