Drunk Driving – A Crime in All 50 States

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration identifies drunk-driving as one of the major causes of car accidents in the United States. It is primarily due to this that all of the nation’s 50 states have ruled it as a crime to drive while intoxicated, more specifically, to drive with a 0.08% blood alcohol concentration (BAC).

Though punishment may vary from one state to another, these are nonetheless harsh to discourage anyone from violating the law. Austin DWI attorney Ian Inglis states in an article posted in their website that driving under the influence of intoxicants is considered a crime and is punishable by suspension of license and driving privileges, probation and fines.

The punishments imposed on those convicted of DUI or DWI in state of Rhode Island are not less harsh either. DWI attorneys at The Law Offices of Matthew T. Marin, Esq., Inc. state on their website that a conviction can result in community service, imprisonment, fines plus “the the installation of an ignition interlock device” (a device that is capable of analyzing a driver’s breath; it automatically disables the ignition upon detection of alcohol) inside the offender’s vehicle.

An ignition interlock is a device that is required in 45 states; these states allow certain offenders to continue driving, but only if the device has been installed in their vehicle. Individuals caught with a 0.08% or higher BAC level can be convicted of DWI – driving while intoxicated / DUI – driving under the influence / OVI – operating a vehicle under the influence / OWI – operating while impaired (term/s used to refer to the crime depends on which state you are convicted). Making matters worse for the apprehended driver, confiscation of his/her driver’s license when he/she fails (or refuses to undergo) a chemical test is allowed in many states through a procedure called the administrative license suspension.

Accidents Due to Road Hazards and Highway Defects: A Major Failure by the Government?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or NHTSA has never fallen short in its efforts to remind all drivers about the necessity of observing traffic rules and responsible driving. Regardless of the type of vehicle you drive, the NHTSA has specific advertisements and programs which are intended to give you whatever information (regarding road safety) you need to know.

Obviously, millions of vehicular accidents can be blamed on drivers. As NHTSA’s records show, the most common causes of road accidents are drunk-driving, driver error (such as failure to use the seatbelt of signal lights), (over or under) speeding and reckless driving. The website of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck, P.A., based on the so many auto accident cases they have handled and defended well, confirms the fact that no matter how carefully you follow traffic rules there are just some drivers who do not have the same amount of care, being more pre-occupied with their interests than with the safety of all others.

But let us set aside such issues for now and face another fact – that there are many other instances when the cause of the accident is beyond the control of the driver. Some of these can be blamed on the manufacturers of cars and car parts, where low-quality materials are used, while promising great performance just to ensure salability.

Though manufacturers may affect only those who patronize their products and put to risk only these certain few (and their victims) while on the road, there is another factor which directly affects all motorists, putting not just a few, but everybody’s life in danger – road hazards or highway defects.

When a driver violates safety traffic rules, the government’s traffic authorities catches and charges them with the appropriate cases; when manufacturers sell parts that fail industry and government standards, they are charged with product liability (if these parts become the reason for an accident). But when the problem concerns highway defects or road hazards (like roadway debris, potholes, uneven pavement, missing road signs, damaged or missing guardrail), which can very well result to major accidents and severe injuries, who will run after the government, where the responsibility of ensuring the construction of good roads, maintaining the roads’ safeness and displaying of road warning signs where appropriate, lies?

The Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter, which continue in its defense of so many clients who are victims of accident-related injuries, have witnessed how victims undergo the physical, emotional (and even financial) sufferings caused by their injuries. Regardless of who’s at fault – a private individual, a firm or a governmental entity, once injuries are sustained, the liable party will have to do justice; such is what the requires and the law excuses no one.

What You May Want to Know Regarding Permanent Disability Due to Work

The annual number of workplace accidents (in the US) that result in injuries dramatically increased during the early 20th century, prompting the government to enact laws intended to ensure financial assistance to injured workers.

One of these laws is the workers’ compensation benefit of 1908, which was a big boost, especially to workers in the construction industry – people who suffered some of the most severe work-related injuries. This benefit, which was required by law on many employers all across the US, included medical care, payment for lost wages, death benefit and specific loss benefits (paid to those suffering from permanent or severe facial neck or head deformity). Loss of function of even one body part due to work, even if the loss is not total, also legally entitles the injured worker to receive compensation. Loss of function of a body part includes loss of sense of sight or hearing, or loss of the functioning of the leg, hand, foot, toe, finger, hand or thumb. While the usual amount of compensation is about 2/3 of the employee’s wages, its duration will depend on the particular body part that was injured and the severity of the injury.

Thus, the actual primary aim of the workers’ compensation benefit was to help injured workers financially until the time they are able to return to work. But there have been instances when the injury sustained by the employee renders him/her permanently disabled. In such cases, the benefits may be paid to the employee in lump sum form (the injured employee’s medical records, the cost of future medical treatment and getting temporary employment elsewhere despite the injury, are also considered in the determination of the amount of compensation).

If the injury will obviously no longer enable the employee to return to his/her previous work, then it would be part of the insurance company’s lawyer’s job to help the injured find alternative work which he/she will be able to perform well. Observing extra caution regarding this may be necessary as assisting you in finding another job may just be a tactic to keep the insurance company from paying the full amount of compensation.

You have shown your commitment in serving your company, despite hazard to your safety and health, without hesitation or delay; in the event of an injury it is only right that your company express its gratitude by awarding you full compensation for your injuries. Sadly, the workers’ compensation claims can be difficult to apply for correctly. A Massachusetts personal injury attorney can help you understand the process and the methods by which these applications are submitted.