Can victims recover damages for injuries from a drunk driving accident?

On Halloween, an increased amount of drunk driving accidents and injuries occur. Typically, during the Halloween season, individuals attend parties where alcohol is consumed. It is fine to let loose, but you must know your limits. Some drivers try to argue that they can handle a few drinks without it impairing their ability to operate a vehicle, however, even just one drink can affect their ability to drive. In D.C. if you are operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .o8% or more, you will be charged with driving while under the influence (DUI) of alcohol and/or drugs. In the unfortunate event that you are injured by a negligent drunk driver, contact an adept Washington, D.C. Drunk Driving Accident Attorney who can help you in seeking justice for the wrongs that have been committed against you. 

How does D.C. determine penalties for a DUI charge?

If you or someone you care about has been injured by a drunk driver, you can hold them liable for damages. Drunk driving accidents can cause catastrophic injuries that may negatively change your life. Rest assured, the District of Columbia, strictly enforces penalties for DUIs.

The District of Columbia determines what consequences an individual may face when found guilty of a DUI in various ways. The law is on the victim’s side and will ensure justice prevails. The court will determine the severity of punishment by the individual BAC levels and the number of times they’ve been convicted. If your BAC is lower than .20%, you are looking at less severe penalties. If your BAC is greater than .25% or .30%, your penalties will become more severe. The maximum penalties an individual may face include:

First offense 

If you’re charged with a DUI and it is the first offense, you may be looking at 180 days in jail, 6 months of license revocation, and up to $1,000 in fines.

Second Offense

If you’re charged with a DUI and this is the second offense you may be looking at one year in prison, one year of license revocation, and up to $5,000 in fines.

Third Offense

If you’re charged with a DUI and this is the third offense you may be looking at one year in prison, a two-year license revocation, and up to $10,000 in fines.

Drunk drivers will be held accountable for any drunk driving collisions or injuries.

Should I speak with an attorney after suffering injuries from a drunk driving accident?

As a victim of a drunk driving accident, you must seek medical attention. Immediate medical attention can save your life. Some injuries may have delayed effects or may not be visible but that doesn’t mean they aren’t there. Drunk driving accidents can inflict serious life-threatening injuries. Once you have had ample time to recover, you must recruit legal assistance. On top of the physical and mental trauma, you will be slapped with expensive medical bills that you may not be able to afford. Your injuries may also result in loss or reduced wages. You shouldn’t have to foot the bill when your injuries happened due to someone else’s negligence. Allow one of our skilled team members to help you recover reasonable compensation for your injuries.