Drunk driving is an American epidemic. According to a 2009 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report, approximately 11,773 people died in 2008 from drunk driving. Indiana drunk driving accidents, 250 people died in alcohol-related fatalities in 2008.
Indiana DUI law stipulates that anyone who drives with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.10% or above can be convicted of a Class C misdemeanor. If you have a BAC of higher than 0.15%, you can be convicted of a Class A misdemeanor. Multiple convictions within a five-year span of time lead to a Class D felony.
The first kind of offense, known as “driving under the influence”, or DUI, is based upon an officer’s assessment of a driver’s condition or behavior. For instance, if a driver fails a roadside sobriety test, he may be deemed DUI.
The second kind of statutory violation is known as “illegal per se” – meaning that anyone who drives a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08% or greater can be arrested and convicted for DUI (despite the fact the state statutes sets the limit as 0.10%)
Drunk drivers – as well as anyone who served drivers alcohol, such as a liquor store, bar, restaurant, or even a private host – can be held liable for property damage and injuries.
Building a case against a drunk driver and/or against the host or establishment that provided the driver with alcohol can be a legally complicated task. For a free consultation about your drunk driving related injury, call (800) 278-9200 to discuss your Indiana dram shop liability case with Randy Sevenish.
Attorney Sevenish was a police officer himself prior to becoming a lawyer, and he has over 21 years of experience in the field. Read more about our firm here on our Indiana personal injury website.