Auto Accident Attorneys
In the United States, driving a vehicle is both a privilege and a way of life. Approximately 200,000,000 people drive on our country’s highways and byways each day, according to the Federal Highway Administration (FHA). Sadly, as many as 40,000 men, women and children die in fatal auto accidents during that same time period. Many senseless deaths could be avoided were it not for drunk driving accidents.
The hard-working, knowledgeable and aggressive drunk driving accident lawyers at the nationwide offices of The Cochran Firm understand how to investigate your case, prosecute the responsible party, and recover damages on your behalf.
Always seek knowledgeable legal assistance if you or a loved one is injured or killed by a drunk driver. The investigation and prosecution of drunk driving accidents is complex, often involving both civil and criminal charges. As the innocent party, you may be entitled to recover damages, especially if the drunk driver has no liability insurance.
Drunk Driving Laws
Drunk driving is a major cause of injury, disability and death and costs the American public more than 51 billion dollars per year. In recent years, groups have lobbied for stronger drunk driving laws. Today, two statutory offenses apply to drunk driving:
- DWI, DUI or OWI:
Erratic driving and slurred speech are a police officer’s first clues that a driver may be drunk behind the wheel. A failed sobriety test confirms the officer’s suspicions.
- Illegal per se:
In all 50 states, operating a motor vehicle with a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of 0.08 g/dL or higher is illegal.
Avoiding Drunk Drivers
You cannot guarantee your own safety when driving a vehicle, but you can lessen your risk. Always drive defensively. Be aware of your surroundings. Report erratic driving behavior. Don’t allow the radio, the temperature controls, or the children in the back seat to distract you from the road. Do not talk on your cell phone while driving, and avoid text messaging at all times.
Finally, insure yourself properly. If someday you are the victim of a drunk driver, having proper insurance coverage will be a source of peace of mind.