When a driver is over the limit, and is pulled over for suspicion, blows at .08% or higher, an arrest will be made and charges filed. A first time misdemeanor DUI carries fairly heavy penalties, including 1 year driver's license revocation, 5 days to 1 year in jail, fines as high as $1,000, and a minimum of 48 hours of community service. There are also hidden costs in increased insurance rates.
Another serious problem for DUI drivers is when an injury accident has taken place. A driver who is above the legal limit, and driving erratically, speeding, wrong-way driving, running lights or stop signs, is putting the entire community at risk. Those sharing the road are in danger, as well as pedestrians and others. If it is fully established that a drunk driver has caused an accident, that person will be facing legal problems, both in criminal court and in civil court.
The injured parties have the right to pursue compensation for all damages. As drunk drivers are responsible for many deadly accidents, the amount sought by the injured or the family of a person killed could be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, or more. The insurance company for the negligent driver will be forced to pay the damages, or could engage in certain actions to try to avoid paying an adequate settlement.
Don't take chances if you have been hit by a drunk driver and suffered injuries. At The Law Firm of Ted Bills, your right to full compensation will be protected. Ted Bills formerly worked as a defense lawyer for insurance companies, and knows the tactics they employ to reduce settlements. This inside knowledge has proven to be highly beneficial in resolving drunk driver accident claims for injured victims successfully.Contact the firm for more information.