Almost one third of all traffic death occur in accidents involving an impaired driver. Alcohol and narcotics reduce reaction time and make it more difficult for drivers to make safe and responsible decisions. The legal limit for blood alcohol is 0.08%, although the CDC is exploring the research about whether it should be lowered to 0.05%.
Any driver with Schedule 1 drugs in their system, such as cocaine, are treated like drunk drivers whether or not they show signs of impairment. Impaired driving is such a big problem that about one person every 51 minutes is killed in an accident involving alcohol. Despite how pervasive the problem is, impaired drivers are often repeat offenders, in part because impaired driving is many times a symptom of alcohol abuse.
If you were injured in an accident involving an impaired driver, the insurance company of the at-fault driver may try to rush through a settlement. It’s important that you take the time to completely assess the extent of your injuries because an auto accident can cause physical damages that require a long road to recovery. You’ll need to have a good idea of what the injury will cost you both physically and financially before you settle.
A Washington personal injury attorney can provide more information about your rights after a wreck with an impaired driver.