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Drink Driving and Fatal Road Traffic Accidents

By Principal Lawyer, Personal Injury

It’s easy to think you are well under your limit to still drive after having one alcoholic drink, but it all depends on:

  • Your weight, age, sex and metabolism
  • What you’ve drank, how much of it and its alcohol percentage
  • What you’ve eaten recently
  • Your stress levels at the time.

If you are unsure if you are under the legal limit to still drive after having a drink, then you shouldn’t drive at all until the alcohol is out of your system.

National Statistics recently released a report on reported road casualties in Great Britain in relation to illegal alcohol levels for 2013. The report says that although drink driving accidents have fallen since records began, the estimated number of deaths in 2012 rose by 30 in 2013. Also around 15% of all deaths in reported Road Traffic Accidents involved at least one driver over the limit.

Found Guilty of Drink Driving?

If you are found guilty of driving whilst under the influence of alcohol, there are serious consequences including a minimum 12 month driving ban, a criminal record, a fine of up to £5,000 and an endorsement on your licence for 11 years.

The list doesn’t end there however. There are also everyday consequences such as having to live with the injuries you’ve caused to either yourself or others and an increase in car insurance costs. You could lose your job and you’d have the shame of a criminal record on your shoulders.

We spend all of our working lives dealing with the life changing consequences of drink driving. In our experience it is rare that those guilty are indifferent to the consequences. It is simply that they may have given no thought to them when they got behind the wheel of the cars. The message is simple. Don’t drink and drive. Any impairment to your judgement can change lives forever.

Nicholas Collins is a Senior Personal Injury Solicitor at Slater and Gordon Lawyers UK.

If you or a member or your family has been injured in a road traffic accident call our Personal Injury Lawyers 24/7 for a free consultation on freephone 0800 916 9046 or contact us online and we’ll be happy to help you.

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