Drunk Drivers Need to Be Punished When They Cause Auto Accidents
By Younker Hyde Macfarlane on July 08, 2014
Even if you drive safe and abide by all of the rules of the road, you may become involved in an auto accident as a result of other motorists' negligence and/or recklessness. That's why the team at Younker Hyde Macfarlane, PLLC is here for you. Based in Salt Lake City and serving clients throughout the state, we always do our best to do right by accident victims and their families. Our car accident attorneys will not stop until you receive just compensation for injuries and losses that have been sustained as a result of a collision.
Auto accidents that are caused by drunk drivers are especially serious and cannot be tolerated. That's why our legal team is especially harsh if any collision or harm is the result of drunk driving.
Drunk Driving Is Never Acceptable
Whether you are severely intoxicated or just a little bit tipsy, there is never any justifiable reason for driving while you are drunk. If you are ever in a situation in which you are too intoxicated to operate a vehicle safely, be sure to wait until you are sober before you get behind the wheel, or be sure to call a friend or a car/cab service to pick you up. Never risk your life or the lives of others by driving drunk.
The Legal Limit In the State of Utah
With the above in mind, the legal blood alcohol content (BAC) in the state of Utah is 0.08%. The legal limit is 0.04% for drivers of commercial vehicles. There is also a zero tolerance policy for BAC in Utah if the driver is under age; in other words, if you are under 21 years old, your legal BAC is 0%.
The Dangers Posed By Drunk Drivers
When drivers are intoxicated, their decision-making skills and reflexes are impaired. Vision and reaction times are also worse, which makes the drunk driver far more dangerous to those on the road. Drunk drivers are more likely to violate rules of the road as well, which means running red lights, speeding, and failing to signal.
The Centers for Disease Control estimate that almost 30 people in the United States die from alcohol-related motor vehicle accidents every day, meaning one drunk-driving death every 48 minutes.
Pedestrians and Bicyclists Are Threatened as Well
Not only are other people on the road at risk, but so are bicyclists and pedestrians as well. Drunk drivers are less likely to be attentive of bicyclists who are sharing the road responsibly or people trying to cross the road legally.
Our Attorneys Will Fight for You
Drunk drivers put everyone at risk, and so they should be punished to the fullest extent of the law. If a loved one is injured by a drunk driver, or if you lose a loved one to a drunk driver in a fatal accident, we will be sure to seek compensation against that motorist to help you in the coping and healing process. Our attorneys are here for you.
Learn More About Auto Accident Litigation
If you or something that you love has been involved in an auto accident with a reckless or negligent driver, be sure to contact our team of personal injury attorneys today. Our legal team looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you make the best possible choices when it comes to your case.
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