Even though Washington D.C. has laws against driving while intoxicated, the unfortunate reality is that many injured people find themselves looking for a top drunk driving accident law firm Washington D.C. community members recommend. The compassionate and knowledgeable lawyers at Cohen & Cohen have helped many victims of drunk driving accidents and their families.
It has been estimated that almost every day, 29 people die in accidents involving a drunk driver. This is equal to almost one person dying in alcohol-impaired vehicle crashes almost every 50 minutes. 10,497 people died in 2016 because of drivers who were driving while under the influence of alcohol. The need for a good drunk driving accident law firm Washington D.C. drunk driving victims have felt fortunate to have on their side, is unfortunately high.
Alcohol reduces the function of the brain. It impairs thinking, reasoning, and muscle coordination. When alcohol levels rise in a person’s system, it negatively impacts their central nervous system. These reasons, plus others not mentioned here, are why we have laws against driving while under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
If you or someone you love was injured in a motor vehicle accident with a driver who was under the influence of alcohol, or if someone close to you was killed because of this, it may help you to understand your rights when you talk to a car accident lawyer DC relies on. Someone from the Cohen & Cohen, team is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to listen to your situation and to give you a free case evaluation.
Determining A Driver’s Impairment
When a person is pulled over because of drunk driving, or if they have gotten into an accident while under the influence of alcohol, the person’s Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) is usually used to determine whether they were over the legal amount of alcohol to be operating a vehicle.
BAC is measured by the weight of alcohol in a certain volume of a person’s blood. A person’s impairment and their risk of an accident greatly increases when their blood alcohol concentration is at .08 grams of alcohol per deciliter (g/dL) of blood. It is illegal in all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to drive with a BAC of .08 or higher but even a small amount of alcohol can have negative impacts on a person’s ability to drive safely.
2,017 people died in 2016, in alcohol-related crashes where drivers had BACs of .01 to .07 g/dL.
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A person’s blood alcohol level can be measured with a portable breathalyzer, or through blood or urine samples analyzed in a qualified lab.
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