The legal alcohol limit for drivers in Santa Clarita and throughout the United States is .08% blood alcohol concentration (BAC). Any person who drives or operates a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol will be subject to serious criminal penalties under the law. Even though drunk driving is a criminal offense, there are thousands of people who are arrested for DUI every year.
The following statistics have recently been released by the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV);
- 195,879 people were arrested for DUI in 2010
- The median age of a DUI arrestee in 2010 was 30 years
- 77.2% of 2009 DUI arrests resulted in convictions
- The greatest number in DUI fatalities in crashes remains alcohol related, but drug involved fatalities rose by 63% during the past decade
This 2012 report also showed that the number of drivers between the ages of 18 and 20 involved in alcohol-related fatal and injury crashes has increased from 1999 to 2009. Drivers who have a commercial driver's license (CDL) are not allowed to drive with a BAC of .04% or higher, and underage drivers are not allowed to drive with a BAC of .01%. The penalties for a DUI conviction are severe, and include months in jail, heft fines, driver's license suspension, installation of an ignition interlock device and more.
When you or your family are injured in a car accident caused by a drunk driver, it is imperative that you seek justice and compensation for the pain and suffering you have endured. Drunk driving accidents can leave lasting scars, both physically and emotionally, and you need a legal advocate who will stand up for your rights.
One of the most tragic things about drunk driving accidents is that they are completely avoidable. When a driver is found to have a BAC of .08% or higher, he or she will be liable under criminal law and possibly civil law as well. A skilled car accident attorney can help you hold the drunk driver accountable for the suffering that you have endured by filing a personal injury claim.
When you contact the caring lawyers at The Law Offices of Gerald L. Marcus, you will receive the reliable counsel and guidance that you need during the challenging time following an accident. Drunk driving accidents involve more than just negligence, they are caused because someone has broken the law. Our firm will work tirelessly to hold drunk drivers responsible for their actions and to seek full and fair compensation for you and your family. Call today to schedule a consultation with a Santa Clarita drunk driving accident lawyer at our firm. We will do what it takes to accomplish a favorable result.