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There are many minor to severe injuries and deaths that have come across our desks at the drunk driving accident law firm Washington DC has trusted for years. When the organization Mothers Against Drunk Driving (M.A.D.D.) was formed in the 1980s, there was a significant decrease in the number of accidents caused by drunk drivers. Unfortunately, even though many states now have even stricter laws against drunk drivers than they did back then, drunk driving accidents happen with startling frequency.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) someone is injured in an accident involving a drunk driver every ninety seconds. NHTSA data shows that, “in 2012, 10,322 people died in drunk driving crashes – one every 51 minutes.” Although new laws and regulations are brought into effect every year to try to limit alcohol consumption and eliminate driving while under the influence of alcohol, drunk driving accidents continue to happen at alarming rates.
If you or a member of your family were the victim of an automobile accident involving a drunk driver, you deserve to make a claim for your damages. Automobile accidents already happen with disquieting frequency. If someone has made you an unfortunate party to one of the many drunk driving accidents that happen on the roads, you are entitled to compensation.
Car accidents are often physically and emotionally traumatic and can cause injuries resulting in death for their victims. If you were sober and driving responsibly and still got into a car accident with an intoxicated driver, it was probably not your fault.
Drunk Driving Laws Vary in DC, Maryland, & Virginia
In Maryland, someone is considered driving under the influence of alcohol when his or her blood alcohol content is 0.04% or higher. Maryland has an additional separate charge if the driver has a BAC of over 0.08%. This is called driving while intoxicated or DWI and is the worst drinking infraction.
In Virginia, a driver is considered under the influence when his or her blood alcohol content is 0.08% or higher if the driver is over twenty-one, 0.02% or higher if the driver is under twenty-one, and 0.04% or higher if the driver has a commercial drivers license.
In Washington, D.C., the legal driving limit is 0.08% for adults over twenty-one, 0.04% for adults over twenty-one with a commercial drivers license, and 0.00% for people under twenty-one because of “zero tolerance” in D.C.
Even with laws that are strictly enforced and prosecuted, there are still too many damaging drunk driving accidents that ruin peoples lives.
Contact A Drunk Driving Attorney To Learn More About Your Potential Case
If you or someone that you care about suffered property damage, was injured, or was killed by a drunk driver call the car accident lawyer DC relies on immediately and have an evaluation done of how much you might be entitled to. Car accidents, especially when they occur at no fault of your own, are terribly devastating and unjust. By making the decision to fight back and at least get compensation for your medical bills, property damage, time off of work, and emotional trauma, you can at least relieve the financial stresses associated with a violent car accident.
If you choose to file a lawsuit to recover your damages, choose the knowledgeable and caring drunk driving attorneys at Cohen & Cohen. The attorneys at Cohen & Cohen will take a personal and professional approach to your case to make you feel comfortable about their ability to win your lawsuit. Don’t hesitate to call Cohen & Cohen and begin your lawsuit because the longer you wait, the longer you will go without the compensation that you need and deserve.
Or someone you love has been the unfortunate victim of one of the many drunk driving accidents that occurred recently, contact Cohen & Cohen, P.C. today.