Drunk Driver Accident Injury
The phone rings in the middle of the night. You are half asleep when you answer. Your heart drops when the police officer tells you there has been an accident. You race to the scene to find your child being wheeled into an ambulance. The other kids who were in the car are crying on the phone to their parents. Finally, an officer tells you that the other driver ran a red light and hit the car straight on. He had been drinking.
National and Local Statistics
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), alcohol-impaired driving causes approximately 1 in every 3 vehicular accident deaths. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) reported that in the last year there were 3,379 alcohol-related crashes in Louisiana alone. If you or a loved one has been involved in a drunk driving accident, contact Shreveport personal injury lawyer Joey Greenwald at Greenwald Law Firm.
Driving While Intoxicated In Louisiana
According to Louisiana driving laws, drivers over 21 with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or higher are considered to be driving while intoxicated (DWI). Drivers under 21 can be charged with DWI if their BAC is 0.02% or higher. If a driver is charged with DWI, the driver could face fines, imprisonment, and the suspension of driving privileges. While Louisiana has implemented serious consequences for drunk drivers, the state does not handle compensation for other individuals involved in an accident resulting from drunk driving.
Injuries and Compensation
Vehicular accidents can cause serious injury. These accidents can be significantly worse when the driver is impaired and unable to take any action to lessen the impact.
Not only can these accidents cause physical injury, but also psychological injury. Victims often suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). If an injury is sustained, the victim can become unable to work, resulting in a loss of wages. Sadly, drunk driver accidents frequently result in death. With the right drunk driver accident attorney, victims or their families can receive compensation for vehicle damages, medical expenses, loss of wages, and funeral expenses.
Greenwald Law Firm LLC has experience representing clients across Louisiana for almost 20 years. If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident due to drunk driving, know your legal rights. For more information or to schedule a consultation, please contact our office at 318-219-7867.