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Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers
When cars, trucks, or other motor vehicle and alcohol mix, tragedy often strikes. Drunk driving accidents often result in serious, debilitating, and life-changing injuries. Even worse, some drunk driving injuries result in death. Drunk driving crashes are horrific and often leave families confused and heartbroken. The grief is made all the worse, because drunk driving accidents are 100% preventable. When tragedy strikes, having a knowledgeable and experienced drunk driving accident lawyer on your side is key to putting your life back together again.
Although drunk driving accidents have decreased significantly over the last few decades, drunk driving crashes continue to be a problem in our communities. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), drunk driving crashes contributed to a cost of $44 billion in damages and killed almost 30 people per day.
Drunk driving accident lawyers focus their practice on representing those injured in alcohol-related car and truck accidents. When a person suffers a drunk driving injury, they should seek the help of a knowledgeable and experienced drunk driving accident lawyer. Doing so is the first step in making sure they receive the justice and compensation they deserve.
If you’ve been injured in an alcohol-related accident in West Virginia, Ohio, or Pennsylvania, you should call the drunk driving accident lawyers at Gold, Khourey & Turak. The drunk driving accident lawyers at Gold Khourey & Turak have decades of experience representing those suffering drunk driving injuries, and have collected millions of dollars for victims and families. A consultation with one of our drunk driving accident lawyers is always free and without obligation. Our accident attorneys are available at any time by calling (304) 845-9750, by Live Chat 24/7 at GKT.com, or online.
About Gold Khourey & Turak Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers
Gold, Khourey & Turak’s drunk driving accident lawyers fight for those injured in alcohol-related car, truck, and other accidents. Our results speak for themselves. Our lawyers have helped those suffering from drunk driving injuries collect millions of dollars in compensation.
At GKT, our drunk driving accident clients aren’t just clients—they’re neighbors and friends. We know that dealing with the physical, emotional, and mental pain and anxiety of a drunk driving injury can be unimaginable. Our drunk driving accident lawyers understand this and have the compassion needed to help make things right.
Contact GKT today for a free consultation.
DUI/DWI Limits in West Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania
State driving under the influence (DUI) and driving while intoxicated (DWI) limits are determined by the person’s blood alcohol content (BAC). The maximum BAC limit for West Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania is 0.08.
However, most states have a zero tolerance limit for those under the legal drinking age of 21. In most states, including West Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, if a minor has a BAC of 0.02 or greater, they are guilty of a DUI/DWI even if their driving capabilities are not actually impaired.
Additionally, some states have so-called enhanced penalty DUI/DWI laws. These laws allow for increased criminal penalties when a person has a higher BAC. The enhanced penalty BACs for the states in which GKT practices is as follows:
- West Virginia: 0.15
- Ohio: 0.17
- Pennsylvania: 0.16
When it comes to drunk driving accidents, the person’s BAC can be extremely important evidence. It is evidence that alcohol was a factor in causing the car, truck, or other vehicle accident. This is true even if the person’s BAC does not exceed the legal limit of 0.08. To put it another way, just because a person’s BAC is below 0.08 does not mean that they were not impaired and that alcohol did not contribute to the accident.
Even more, if the person’s BAC meets or exceeds the enhanced penalty laws, it can be evidence to support a higher compensation award, including punitive damages. That’s why it’s so important for the police or other law enforcement to administer a BAC test after a crash where alcohol-impairment is suspected. It’s also why it’s so important for a drunk driving lawyer to obtain that evidence as quickly as possible.
Common Signs of Alcohol Impairment
While a BAC test is the only true way to determine whether a driver has been drinking alcohol, there are some common, tell-tale signs of alcohol impairment. The following are signs that a person may be alcohol impaired:
- Glassy eyes
- Loss of balance and unsteadiness
- Loss of coordination
- Difficulty standing upright
- Slurred speech
- Decreased attention and judgment
- Loss of memory
- Impaired vision
If you’ve been in a car or truck accident and the driver shows any of these signs, make sure you contact law enforcement immediately. It’s extremely important that the police document any of these behaviors and administer a BAC test as soon as possible. If you can, it’s a good idea to document any suspected alcohol-impaired behavior with videos, pictures, or even taking notes with a pen and paper.
The important thing to remember is that your health and safety come first. If the person is aggressive or threatening, make sure that you don’t put yourself in any danger and call 911 immediately.
Common Drunk Driving Accident Injuries
Because of the negative physical and cognitive effects of alcohol, drunk driving accidents more frequently result in serious injury and death than other types of accidents. That is the major reason why the following injuries are more common in drunk driving accident than in a “normal” car or truck accident: