For people on the roads in Louisiana, coming into contact with a drunk driver can lead to devastating consequences. Drunk driving accidents can cause severe personal injuries or even death. In fact, fatalities caused by drunk driving account for one-third of all traffic deaths in the United States. The effect of a crash can be accentuated by the type of injury that an accident victim suffers because serious injuries, like brain trauma, severe bleeding or damage to internal organs, can cause fatalities or long-term disabilities.
The people at the highest risk for traffic fatalities in a drunk driving accident include people younger than 24, motorcycle drivers and individuals who have been previously convicted for driving under the influence of alcohol. Traumatic brain injuries can be caused by hitting the steering wheel or flying debris as can less intensive injuries to the head. Direct impact to the body with blunt force, such as by hitting the steering column or from a sharp force, like being impaled on glass or metal, can also lead to severe personal injuries or even death.
While these types of accidents can occur without the presence of alcohol, drunk driving makes them substantially more likely to take place. In most of the United States, a blood alcohol content reading of 0.08 percent means that driving is illegal past that point. This test measures how much of a person's blood currently contains alcohol, which remains in the body until it is processed by the liver.
People who have been injured from being hit by a drunk driver can suffer long-term consequences as a result. Personal injury lawyers can work with individuals who were injured in a car crash through no fault of their own to seek compensation. An attorney can also help accident victims pursue damages for medical bills, pain and suffering and other losses they experienced due to the crash.