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Wisconsin drunk driving accident injury lawyersStatistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that intoxicated driving causes approximately 31 percent of all traffic-related deaths in America. In total, that amounts to nearly 10 million drunk driving deaths per year, and about one death every 53 minutes. Additionally, there are thousands more injured in drunk driving crashes. The following examines who can be held liable in such situations, and why it is important.

Understanding the Importance of Liability

If you or someone you love has experienced such a tragedy, it is important to know your rights, including who may be considered liable in a drunk driving accident. Doing so can increase your chances of receiving the compensation you deserve, which can help ensure that you or your loved one receive the treatment and therapies you need. Compensation can also cover income losses, such as those experienced when a loved one experiences death or disability (either temporary or permanent) during a drunk driving crash.

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Wisconsin drunk driving accident attorneyOver the years, Wisconsin has received a lot of criticism for its lax drunk driving laws – and rightly so considering alcohol-related crashes kill approximately 162 people in Wisconsin each year and injure almost 2,700 others. A recent revision to criminal penalties, which now makes a fourth DUI a felony charge, has garnered some positive attention but this change may not be sufficient enough to reduce the number of drunk driving accidents. Pierce County is taking some serious action, though, with a DUI program that is aimed at keeping felony DUI offenders on the straight and narrow.

How the New Program Will Work

Set to be implemented by January 2017, the DUI diversion program will specifically target felony DUI offenders (those who have four or more convictions). It will be modeled after the existing drug diversion program, which requires rigorous testing and massive accountability from those enrolled. Over the course of 18 months, they will be required to submit to random urinalysis testing to determine if they have been drinking. They will also have to complete an alcohol treatment program.

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Green Bay drunk driving accident lawyers, drunk driving accidentsStatistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that approximately 31 percent of all traffic-related deaths are caused by drivers under the influence of alcohol. In total, this amounts to nearly 10,000 deaths each and every year. Pedestrians and bicyclists, who are largely unprotected during a vehicular impact, are often the most vulnerable. They also tend to be the ones most likely to be hit and injured or killed in a drunk driving accident.

The Effects of Impairment on a Driver

When a driver is on the effects of drugs or alcohol, his or her ability to driver is impaired. Reflexes are slower, vision may be blurry or otherwise impaired, and the driver is less effective at tracking and accessing the speed and movement of objects. Additionally, these effects can occur even if a driver's blood alcohol content (BAC) is far below the legal limit of 0.08 percent. In fact, specialists have estimated that, even at a BAC of just 0.02 percent, a driver may have trouble concentrating or effectively accessing a situation. Yet, under state law, the driver is within the legal driving limit. Of course, the higher the level of intoxication, the greater the driver's impairment. The greater his or her impairment, the higher the risk to society.

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