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Drinking and driving are so out of the norm these days. With the convenience of rideshare apps and education on drinking and driving, it is a wonder that people are still so adamant to drink and drive. Our Pittsburgh DUI Accident Attorneys at Shenderovich, Shenderovich, and Fishman understand that addiction plays a role in DUI accidents; however, there are still too many options for anyone either casual or an addict to continue using a personal vehicle when drinking.
Every state has the law that states that it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol content of .08. We understand that when someone who is 100 lbs drinks a mixed drink it is not the same as someone who drinks the mixed drink and is 200 lbs. We also understand that food and hydration make an impact on blood alcohol content levels too. However, regardless of how many drinks you are used to having, drunk driving starts with the first sip of alcohol. You may know your body, but you may not know your drinks. Just because you like the bartender doesn’t mean they are making consistent drinks. You could be drinking stronger drinks than what you are accustomed to. If that is the case then you may find yourself engaging in negligence behavior that has deathly consequences.
Our legal system can only do so much. People who have been caught with a DUI before are given punishments such as fines and suspended licenses. That doesn’t prevent them from getting in a car anyway. It doesn’t prevent them from getting in a car when they get their license back. However, punishment can only go so far. It is up to the person to change their behavior. That doesn’t happen often enough and it didn’t apply to Timothy Maitland who was charged with another DUI as well as endangering a child.
Maitland was driving with his 3-year old son in the front seat when he ran into a pole and then drove home. He already had a prior DUI charge, but Pennsylvania is one of four states that categorizes DUIs as misdemeanors and not felonies. The state is hoping to change that with the introduction of Senate Bill 961. This bill would increase the penalty for DUI drivers to a felony on the 4th DUI or their 3rd if their BAC is twice the legal limit. No matter how many laws are put in place, it doesn’t erase the lives lost or hurt by DUI accidents.
What To Do
If you or someone you love is suffering from an injury due to a DUI accident then you need to seek legal assistance. Our DUI Accident Attorneys are well versed and skilled in leading cases such as this. We have the ability to ensure that you are getting the compensation you deserve for the damages you sustained. Don’t let the drunk drivers get off so easy. Call 888-98-TWINS(89467) or click here to schedule a free consultation with our professional attorneys at Shenderovich, Shenderovich, and Fishman today.