Fatal DUI Accident

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Driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs is by far the most commonly encountered offense in the US courts today. In 2002, reports have shown that approximately 17,500 people sustained fatal injuries due to DUI car crash. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), this fact represents 41% of the 42,815 people killed in all traffic accidents and crashes.

The dui laws concerning "drunk driving" and acceptable BAC levels have changed radically over recent years. If you have become the victim of an accident caused by a DUI, you should hire an experienced attorney. You may be eligible for compensation.

Drunk Driving Punishments

The punishment in drunk driving cases is set forth by statute and can be incredibly complex. The basic statute determines the range of possible sentences, with modifications for such things as:

  • Having a prior conviction within seven years
  • Speeding 20 mph over the limit
  • Having a child under 14 in the car
  • Having a blood alcohol content reading over .20%
  • Refusing to submit to chemical testing

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Within the range, the actual sentence in a drunk driving case will be affected by:

  • The facts of the case
  • Any policies of the local court and prosecutors
  • The weaknesses in the case uncovered by the defense attorney
  • The reputation of that attorney
  • All of this is independent of the DMV suspension, which is determined separately and which can be very complicated.

 

Have you lost a loved one due to a fatal DUI accident? If so, contact one of our experienced auto accident lawyers in your area today!
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