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Drinking and Driving Consequences What Every Person Needs to Understand About the Legal Ramifications of Drunk Driving

Most people understand that drinking and driving is a dangerous combination. Not just for the driver who has been drinking but his passengers and all those who share the road with him. Pedestrians are included in this factor. In the United States, four out of 10 fatal accidents are attributed to alcohol. Approximately 25,000 people die and another 708,000 are injured in collisions where alcohol was a contributing factor; this averages to be about 500 people every week, 70 people a day. When looking at the statistics, half of every American will be in some kind of accident involving alcohol at some point in their life. Even with these statistics, this happens every day around us. It's those people who have been drinking that fail to remember the probable consequences and decide to drive anyway.

On top of people losing their lives and/or the injuries that are sustained in a car accident, there are other extensive consequences drunk drivers can cause. Some consequences are financial along with physical. For instance, based on a recent study, American taxpayers typically pay $21 to $24 billion every year for drunk driving. According to the National Geographic magazine, alcohol abuse in the United States cost $136 million every year.

If you've been involved in a automobile accident where the other driver was drunk, you could be entitled to receive compensation. Any settlements that come from this kind of accident will cover for medical treatments, lost employment wages and emotional suffering. If your case heads to court, you could also get punitive damages. These damages are meant to punish the offender and discourage them to repeat their behavior. If you're in a vehicle accident where alcohol is involved with the other driver, you need to speak with a car accident attorney. Your attorney will be able to hold the drunk driver accountable for all damages and injuries sustained in the accident. However, if a drunk driver killed someone you loved, you will need a wrongful death lawyer. The money you are compensated won't bring them back but it could keep the person from drinking and driving ever again. You don't want to let a drunk driver go because they'll only endanger the lives of other people. Make sure to hold them accountable for their actions.

Drunk driving can have very real deep effects for the people who are injured but also the survivors of those who are killed. However, it can also have a deep effect on the drunk driver. When a driver who has been drinking causes an accident, it can have serious, long-term legal consequences. On top of settling claims for the injured parties, they may face a number of judiciary charges. First, there's the DUI arrest they must deal with including the license suspension and fines. Then other charges may include: wrongful death, fleeing, reckless driving, resisting arrest, etc. All of these charges will need the assistance of an experienced DUI attorney. Along with all the legal ramifications they must deal with, the driver will handle the guilt they feel for destroying other people's lives. The best way to protect yourself and other people from drunk drivers is to never drink and drive.
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