When a Connecticut motorist is convicted of drunk driving, he or she must deal with the multiple penalties involved. When an individual is injured or killed by the negligence of a drunk driver, the drunk driver can be held liable for damages in a civil lawsuit. The drunk driver can also face fines and jail time, and their driving privileges may be taken away. As a condition of restoring the privilege to drive, a judge may require the installation of an ignition interlock device in the driver's vehicle.
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Although driving under the influence is against the law, many Connecticut residents overestimate their ability to drive in these situations and cause accidents. An injury or fatality caused by a drunk driver can have serious consequences for all involved. A DUI is typically a misdemeanor, but when it causes serious injury or death, the charge is often elevated to a felony. Victims of drunk driving can often claim financial compensation in a civil suit if they can prove the driver's negligence.
Many Connecticut motorists worry about being involved in a crash with a drunk driver. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, alcohol intoxication causes approximately 30 deaths daily in the United States. A drunk driving accident can also cause serious injuries. Although it is impossible to prevent every single death of this nature, there are ways in which you can to protect yourself and others.
When Connecticut motorists fail field sobriety and blood alcohol tests and are convicted of drunk driving, they can face hefty fines, license suspension and even jail time. Driving under the influence is typically a misdemeanor, but when it causes an injury accident, the penalties become enhanced. A DUI can become a felony charge and mean stricter penalties for the drunk driver.
Many people underestimate the effects of alcohol consumption. "Just one drink won't hurt," they think. But one Connecticut man, who told police he had only one beer, veered right into the path of a jogger while on Route 17 in North Haven. The jogger was struck and taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital, where he died that evening. The drunk driver is now facing criminal charges.
An intoxicated Connecticut man recently led police on a high-speed chase on Route 12, causing a serious car accident. The chase ended in Gales Ferry when the car landed into a pool. The wreck not only injured the man, but also his two young daughters, who were occupants in the car.
We often read or hear reports about fatal motor vehicle accidents caused by drunk drivers. Few people, however, realize exactly how traumatizing and life-altering drunk driving accidents are for both surviving family members as well as the drivers responsible for causing these tragic and preventable accidents.
When Connecticut residents venture out onto the open road, they know it is a possibility that they'll be involved in a car accident. While no one expects to encounter a drunk driver on the road, it is an unfortunate possibility. However, what if there was a way that individuals could lower their risk of finding themselves at the same location as a drunk driver?
In a case of underage drinking in Connecticut, a teenager was killed in a car accident. The driver, a 17-year-old, had a blood alcohol content of .11. The legal alcohol content level for persons under 21 is .02. In this unfortunate accident, the driver and the other three passengers attended a party at a local home and property whose owner was aware of the drinking and seemingly condoned it. However, the rule that the police were told by one of those attending the party was that no one could drink and drive. They were expected to either camp out on the property that the party was held on or sleep in the basement of the "White House," as the home was called.
Holiday weekends are often considered to be more dangerous for highway travel than a typical weekend throughout the year. Why? It may be the increased number of travelers, the longer distances between destinations, higher concentration of parties where alcohol is served or even an increase in late nights that result in more drowsy drivers when it comes time to get home.