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The Dangers of Drinking and Driving

Drunk driving is one of the leading causes of injuries and deaths across the United States. Many people think that they can get away with driving after having one beer, but really they are making a choice to put themselves and everyone else on the road at great risk. If you or someone you know has been injured or killed in a drunk driving accident, contact the personal injury attorneys of Finkelstein and Partners, LLP today. Our team of personal injury professionals has the knowledge and experience to offer you quality legal representation.

Alcohol has so many negative effects on the body. For example, it changes your judgement abilities, decreases the motor skills and greatly affects depth perception. All of these are extremely crucial for drivers to possess at all times. It is very easy for individuals to get behind the wheel and think they are perfectly fine and in reality be swerving all over the road or driving at an astronomical speed.

On top of the negative effects alcohol has on the mind and body, drinking and driving can also have grave legal consequences. Should the police take notice of your decision to drink and drive, you could be hit with a DUI or a DWI. However, those consequences are painless. Drunk driving has the ability to severely injure people and claim lives, at which point you could do jail time.

A DUI, stands for driving while under the influence. This is when a driver is caught with a blood alcohol level above the legal limit. DUI often results in license revocation for at least a year, federally mandated registration in an alcohol abuse program and probation. Regardless of the blood alcohol level or amount of DUI’s an individual obtains, if an opposing driver is killed as a result of your drunk driving, you will be charged with vehicular manslaughter.

DWI, stands for driving while intoxicated and is also the act of a driver being caught with a blood alcohol level above the legal limit. If you are pulled over and suspected of a DWI, the officer will conduct a field sobriety test to determine your blood alcohol level. You will then be charged with drunk driving, as well as repercussions according to your particular state. The consequences of DWI are often more severe than that of DUI and almost always result in jail time, a federally mandated alcohol abuse program and driver’s license revocation for an extended period of time.

If you or someone you know has been injured or killed in a drunk driving accident, contact the personal injury attorneys of Finkelstein and Partners, LLP today. Our team of personal injury professionals has the knowledge and experience to offer you quality legal representation, while fighting for the compensation you need and deserve. Call us today at (800) 529-2676. You may also email us with any questions at [email protected]