Drunk driving is negligence in its purest form. If your blood alcohol concentration is at or above the Wisconsin state limit of .08% then your driving under the influence. Even if your just feeling a little buzzed, you could be over the legal limit. While under the influence of a mind-altering substance- judgement, motor skills and reaction time necessary for the safe operation of a motor vehicle are compromised. Driving a car while intoxicated puts everyone on and around the road at risk. Arresting drunk drivers is just one way that law enforcement works to curb the problem of drunk driving crashes. The penalties of drunk driving are strict, expensive and embarrassing. If you get arrested and don’t cause a crash, consider it a stroke of luck and lesson to be learned. To get behind the wheel of an automobile while intoxicated is an extremely reckless choice. This is why drunk driving accidents are especially tragic; they are preventable.
According to the NHTSA, almost 29 people in the U.S. die in alcohol-impaired vehicle crashes. This equates to one person every 50 minutes of every day in 2016.
Over recent years, the number of alcohol-related crashes has decreased in Wisconsin, yet alcohol remains the single greatest driver contributing cause of fatal crashes. When an innocent driver or pedestrian is injured or loses their life due to a drunk driver, our personal injury law firm is here to fight for the rights of the innocent victim and the families left behind.
Recently there was a story in the local news about the sentencing of a 24 year old who caused the death of a 44-year old single mother in Milwaukee. The young driver was intoxicated when the car accident occured. Injuries from the drunk driving accident tragically lead to a death. As a result, two innocent children have lost their mother. The accident could have been prevented; sadly, lives are forever changed. Even if the number of alcohol-related crashes has decreased over the years, any story like this is one too many.
No Excuse for Drunk Driving
The holidays are a festive time of year, and celebrations are expected. There is no excuse for getting behind the wheel of a vehicle while intoxicated. Before a night out or attending a social event where alcohol may be served; come up with a plan that can be implemented if and when too much alcohol is consumed. In every group of two or more people, there should be one designated driver that stays sober. If you’re out on your own, and find yourself buzzed, consider calling a friend or relative for a ride home. Some bars and restaurants in the Metro-MIlwaukee area also offer “Safe Ride” programs for patron who have one too many drinks.
Drunk driving is a serious offense, and a reckless behavior. If you or a family member are a victim of an accident caused by a drunk driver, contact an experienced drunk driving lawyer at Action Law Offices. We can’t bring back loved ones, or change the events that occurred. What we can do however, is to fight for your legal rights and obtain compensation for your losses. We’ll start with a free case evaluation. If you hire us, there are no fees unless we win your case.
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