While driving in their Range Rover late one December night, celebrities Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green were hit by a drunk driver. Thankfully, no one was injured when the intoxicated driver of a Mini Cooper traveling in the opposite direction, crossed over the center line, side-swiping it violently. The impact was forceful enough to blow a tire on the Range Rover and spin the Mini Cooper. Law enforcement responded and promptly arrested the driver of the Mini Cooper, whose blood alcohol content was reportedly twice that of the legal limit. This accident shows that even celebrities aren’t immune to the dangers of drunk drivers.
Driving Under the Influence
Driving under the influence is defined as operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content (BAC) which is above the legal limit. In most jurisdictions, a BAC of .08% or higher is illegal and can be considered a crime. However, driving under the influence can also refer to a driver operating a vehicle while using drugs or medication. Committing a DUI is a serious crime punishable by large fines, suspension of one’s license and in the most severe cases, imprisonment. Driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs causes thousands of accidents every year that result in a devastating loss of life and take a huge financial toll on society.
DUI Accident Statistics
There were 10,228 alcohol-related traffic deaths in 2010, averaging one every 51 minutes, as reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Even more disturbing, is that 7,145- nearly seventy-five percent- of those were caused by drivers with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .15 or higher. That is almost double the legal limit of .08, which is the standard in all fifty states and the District of Columbia.
Sadly, there are many more disturbing DUI facts:
- According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a person is injured in a DUI accident every 90 seconds.
- During 2010, 211 children were killed in DUI accidents. Of those, sixty-two percent, or 131 children were riding with the intoxicated driver.
- On average, a drunk driver will drive eighty times while under the influence before their first arrest.
- Alcohol impairment among drivers involved in fatal DUI accidents in 2010 was four times higher at night than during the day.
- According to the CDC, over 1.4 million drivers were arrested in 2010 for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics.
- Approximately one in three people in the United States will be involved in a DUI accident sometime in their life.
Contact Denver Car Accident Attorneys
If you or someone you love has been injured or hurt in a car accident with a drunk driver, it is important to contact an experienced Denver car accident lawyer immediately. Call Denver attorney Robert Paysinger today to discuss your case. Our law firm offers FREE case consultations and can be reached at 303.279.0221 or online by clicking here.
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