Herbert Farber founder of The Farber Law Group, a Bellevue, Washington personal injury law firm, has been representing victims of drunken drivers and their families for more than 30 years. His interests include educating the public about the hazards of drunk driving and obtaining justice for those injured or killed in car accidents caused by impaired drivers.
New Year’s Eve Emphasis Patrols
Tomorrow is New Year’s Eve and law enforcement agencies across the state will be conducting emphasis patrols, looking for drunken and impaired drivers and getting them off the road. Law enforcement agencies have a goal of zero accidents due to impaired driving.
Drunken and impaired driving has resulted in the deaths of more than 1,000 people in Washington state between 2009 and 2013 according to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.
Impaired driving includes driving under the influence of alcohol, driving with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 percent or above or driving while under the influence of prescription or illegal drugs.
Drivers High on Marijuana are Also a Concern to Law Enforcement Agencies
This year, Washington law enforcement agencies are not only looking for drunk drivers but also looking for people driving high on marijuana since the drug was legalized in July of this year. Many marijuana users don’t think that driving under the effects of marijuana is a problem. And often, people high on marijuana have also been drinking alcohol.
Penalties for Impaired Driving
Drivers who are convicted of driving under the influence can receive a sentence of up to one year in jail, a $5,000 fine, loss of their driving privilege, and a requirement of wearing an ankle bracelet and/or installing an ignition interlock device on their vehicle.
If a driver injures another person while driving impaired, they can face charges of Vehicular Assault which results in more severe penalties. And, If a driver kills a person while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, they face prison time of between 78 and 102 months.
Attorney Helps Victims File Civil Claims
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured by a drunken driver, or if a family member has been killed, you may be seeking compensation for your damages. There is three year statute of limitations (deadline) after a car accident to file a claim or settle an insurance claim. If you have a serious injury we advise you not to wait too long after the accident before engaging a lawyer so that your rights are protected.
This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. Call us today for a free and confidential case consultation at 1-800-244-9087 or use our Contact Form.