Drunk Driving Accidents
When a person gets their driver’s license, one of the major rules they are made aware of is that they cannot drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. These substances can impair one’s judgment and lead to slower reaction times. This can cause a motorist to get in a crash and injure or kill innocent people.
A person is considered under the influence when their blood alcohol content (BAC) is above 0.08. However, a person can be arrested for drunk driving if their BAC is below this number and they were driving unsafely.
Even though every driver knows that drunk driving is illegal, many still engage in it. In 2017, there were 10,874 drunk driving fatalities. This accounted for 29% of all deaths caused by traffic accidents.
California had the most fatalities caused by drunk driving, at 1,120 deaths. In comparison, Illinois had 349 deaths. The District of Columbia had the lowest number of drunk driving deaths, at just 16.
Younger people are more likely than older people to drive impaired. Most drunk drivers are between the ages of 25 and 34 years old. The age demographic of 75 and older saw the lowest number of drunk drivers. Most drunk drivers are males, accounting for 80% of fatalities.
Drunk driving is a serious issue for motorcyclists. Among those killed in motorcycle crashes in 2016, one-quarter of them were considered intoxicated, with a BAC at or above 0.08. Motorcyclists between the ages of 35 and 39 years old are especially at risk. They have the highest risk of deaths, at 38%.
To prevent these fatalities, many states have strict DUI laws in place. Those who are convicted of drunk driving are penalized harshly with fees and court costs. In Illinois, for example, a first offense of DUI can result in one year in prison and a fine of $2,500. A person can also have their driver’s license suspended for one year. They may also be sentenced to community service or substance abuse treatment.
Most DUIs are considered misdemeanors. However, if the DUI led to serious injury or death, the crime can be elevated to a felony offense, which means even harsher penalties. A person with a BAC of more than 0.16, or twice the legal limit, can also face enhanced penalties. So can someone who is driving drunk with a child in their car. Subsequent DUI convictions will also lead to harsher penalties.
Contact a Chicago Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer Today
Drunk driving is a serious issue. People know they should not drink and drive, but many do anyway. They end up causing serious accidents, with many resulting in death.
If you were a victim of a drunk driving accident, seek legal help from the Chicago drunk driving accident lawyers at Harvey L. Walner & Associates, LTD. We can hold the liable parties responsible for their actions and help you recover the compensation you deserve. To schedule a free consultation, call 312-800-0000 or fill out the online request form.