Drunk and Impaired Driving Is a Deadly and Negligent Act.
MADD Canada estimates that drunk driving claims “between 1,350 and 1,600 lives and causes more than 68,500 injuries in Canada each year.”
The deaths and injuries caused by impaired driving are 100% preventable. Drunk-driving accidents are those where an operator that has a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) over the legal limit. In Ontario, the maximum legal BAC for licensed drivers is 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 milliliters of blood (0.08). Driving with a BAC over of 0.08 is a criminal offense.
With a BAC of just 0.05, a persons vision can be affected with a sensitivity to brightness, the inability to differentiate colours, and speed and depth perception. Simple motor functions are also affected, reducing reaction time and accuracy of response. Resulting in an increased risk of a motor vehicle accident.
The “warn range” is the term used for drivers with a BAC from 0.05 to 0.08. Drivers in the “warn range” are are 7.2 times more likely to be involved in a fatal accident than those drivers with a zero blood alcohol level. Recent statistics show that drivers 16.7% of drunk drivers killed in Ontario had a blood alcohol level of less than 0.08.
As of May 1, 2009, drivers with a blood alcohol level between 0.05 to 0.08 not only risk lives; but also risk license suspensions of between 3 and 30 days, depending on the rate of occurrence.
When drunk-driving accidents occur, they often result in serious injury or death. Drunk drivers that cause injury will likely face criminal charges. A civil drunk driving lawsuit is when the victims seek compensation for property damage or personal injury they or a loved one endured as a result of a drunk driver.
Insurance companies may offer low ball settlements initially, hoping to avoid legal action and get the insurance claim cleared away. Rushing into a drunk driving settlement can be risky, bodily injuries may not show up right away.
Kahler Personal Injury lawyers are committed to holding drunk drivers accountable for their careless and negligent actions. The Kahler Personal Injury Law Firm only represents injury victims and their families. With free consultations and free case assessments our expert Personal Injury Lawyers will seek justice and compensation for your injuries.
The Kahler Law Firm serves injury clients throughout the Province of Ontario with law offices in Toronto, Barrie and North Bay.