Two recent accidents on Virginia roadways serve as a tragic reminder of the devastating consequences of alleged drunk driving, and that car accidents brought about by distracted or impaired drivers cause serious injuries and death every day across the state of Virginia.
On July 25, a motorist lost control of his BMW in Norfolk and smashed into a tree. Two of the passengers in his car were pronounced dead at the scene. The motorist was charged with driving under the influence (DUI).
On August 9, a tow truck driver was killed by a suspected drunk driver as the tow operator attended to a disabled vehicle on the shoulder of I64 in Newport News. The tow operator was pronounced dead on the scene after being struck by a pickup truck that went off the road and onto the shoulder. The driver of the pickup was initially charged with DUI and reckless driving; authorities are also considering manslaughter charges.
When operating a motor vehicle in Virginia, the person behind the wheel is legally considered DUI with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 percent or higher. A driver may also be considered under the influence with a lower BAC if his or her ability to operate a motor vehicle is impaired.
According to the Virginia Dept. of Motor Vehicles, a BAC as low as 0.03 percent adversely affects driving ability. As little as one drink on an empty stomach can impair the ability to drive safely. And a driver with a BAC of 0.15 is over 300 times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash.
If you–or someone you love–have been injured in a Virginia automobile accident, you need to know your legal rights. Do not hesitate to get in touch with the Personal Injury lawyers at the Law Office of Richard J Serpe, PC., Toll Free 877-544-5323.