When people make the decision to operate a vehicle after drinking, they are risking the lives of other motorists on the road. According to Louisiana state law, drivers who have a blood alcohol concentration level of 0.08 percent or higher are considered legally intoxicated. Multiple studies show that drivers with a BAC of 0.08 percent have a delayed response time and may have difficulties in their ability to perceive the distance and speed of moving objects. This can lead to devastating DUI car accidents, injuries and even death.
In 2011, reckless driving by a man whose BAC was over the legal limit caused a drunk driving accident, which resulted in the death of five people. The 32-year-old is charged with five counts of vehicular homicide and may be sentenced up to 30 years in prison for each count.
Police officials found an almost empty bottle of rum in the man’s mutilated vehicle following the accident. The Breathalyzer results confirmed the fact that he was indeed intoxicated with a BAC of 0.10 percent. Louisiana law enforcement officials administered the Breathalyzer test several hours after the incident, indicating that his BAC was even higher at the time of the accident.
Dealing with the loss of loved ones due to another person’s negligence can be overwhelming. Many people suffer from severe injuries as a result of auto accidents caused by intoxicated drivers. People who have been victimized by drunk drivers may want to seek legal counsel from a knowledgeable personal injury attorney, who may be able to help them with their case.
Source: The Advocate, “Witnesses: Reckless driving preceded fatal accident,” Joe Gyan Jr., July 11, 2014.