On Feb. 3, millions of football fans nationwide, including many in Louisiana will have their Superbowl Sunday parties planned. Sadly, many of them will not arrange for designated drivers, taxis or ride shares to get home without risking the lives of others when they are impaired. That is something that any driver should do before he or she takes the first drink. One drunk driver can cause injuries and death to his or her passengers as well as others in or near the roadway.
The legal age for drinking alcohol in Louisiana is 21, and the allowed blood alcohol level for people over 21 is limited to .08 percent while those younger than 21 whose BAC is as low as .02 percent can face drunk driving charges. Despite these measures, drunk drivers cause fatalities and severe injuries on Louisiana highways every day. Of course, the risk for others is exacerbated during the holidays and on days of celebrations and occasions such as Superbowl Sunday.
According to the National Safety Council, a significant number of drivers admit to having driven at times when they suspected that they had too much to drink. Many admit this after agreeing that drunk driving is a severe threat. The NSC also reports that research shows that many drivers are significantly impaired already even before their BAC level reached .08 percent.
Over-the-counter medicines and opioids, marijuana and other drugs can have the same effect as alcohol. Anyone in Louisiana who was injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver will be entitled to pursue financial relief through the civil justice system. An experienced personal injury attorney can provide the necessary support and guidance throughout ensuing legal proceedings to pursue recovery of economic and noneconomic damages.