San Antonio’s Fox Affiliate reports that the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is officially calling on the United States Congress to push the states to reduce the legal driving blood alcohol limit. The NTSB wants the legal limit lowered from 0.08 down to 0.05 percent. A person’s blood alcohol level depends on a variety of factors, but primarily body weight and time elapsed since the last drink are the main factors. A level of 0.05 percent could mean that even one drink could push a few people over the legal limit. Drinking and driving is dangerous, even if the legal limit remains at 0.08 percent, you should avoid driving after consuming alcohol. If you have been injured by a drunk driver, you need to contact an experienced San Antonio DWI accident attorney as soon as possible.
Research Shows Intoxication Dramatically Reduces Driver Safety
We all deserve safe highways for ourselves and our families. We put a lot of trust in other drivers on the road to remain diligent and operate their vehicles safely. The scientific research continues to show that alcohol substantially reduces a driver’s ability to operate a vehicle. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have released multiple joint studies over the last few years which have hammered home the notion that any amount of alcohol raises the risk of getting behind the wheel. These agencies want to lower the legal limit because their research indicates that at a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent, most people have trouble steering a vehicle in a safely. According to the research, hand eye coordination is reduced with every drink, and this loss of steering ability leads to potentially dangerous situations.
Drunk Driving Will Help Prove Negligence
In Texas, the victim of a car accident must prove that another party was negligence to collect compensation from their party. This means that the injured victim, the plaintiff, has the burden of proof. Determining which party has the burden of proof is extremely important, because it frames the entire case. In drunk driving accident cases, the burden of proof actually shifts to the defendant. This is because drunk driving is negligence as a matter of law. A drunk driving citation from police will help prove negligence and help you hold the guilty party responsible. An experienced San Antonio DWI accident attorney can use this fact to help you recover fair compensation for your accident injuries.
Contact an Experienced San Antonio DWI Accident Attorney
In Texas, DWI accident victims are often entitled to substantial punitive damages. Insurance companies are aware of the potential of significant liability and often try to push hard to settle DWI accident cases before victims have an opportunity to speak to an attorney. You can not afford to let insurance companies push you around. At the law office of San Antonio Injury Lawyer, we work aggressively on behalf of injured DWI accident victims. Contact our office today to speak to an experienced San Antonio DWI accident attorney.