Drunk-Driving: A Major Traffic Offense which continues to put Lives in Danger

Based on records from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as many as 1.4 million drivers were arrested in 2010 due to intoxicated driving or driving under the influence (DUI), alternately referred to as driving while intoxicated (DWI) in some states. Probably due to the strict implementation of anti-drunk driving laws and the zealousness of traffic enforcers in catching violators, the number went down to 1,171,935 in 2013; despite the decrease, though, the figure is undoubtedly too high still.

All across the US the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level limit for car drivers is 0.08% (this level can be reached after consuming four regular bottles of beer within an hour). This means that any suspected driver who registers a 0.08% (or higher) BAC level (after he or she is stopped by traffic enforcers) will be considered alcohol-impaired and charged with DUI or DWI.

Alcohol, as various studies have consistently shown, weakens an individual’s motor skills and mental capacity, thus, affecting his or her perception, judgment, coordination, reaction time, and overall capability in maintaining focus on the road. According to the website of David Ravid & Associates, it is primarily due to this weakened control over these skills why drunk driving is considered a major road offense. Simply put, alcohol impairs a driver, thus, increasing risks of accident and risks of harm or injury to other motorists and pedestrians.

Despite the overwhelming figures on arrests and fatal accidents (at least 10,000 annually), the gravity of the charge, the harsh punishments (heavy fines, imprisonment and others), the continuous educational and informative campaigns, and warnings of risks of accident and injury, some drivers are just either obstinate or too careless, as they continue to get behind the wheel even when intoxicated. Due to this careless attitude the law, therefore, holds them fully accountable for any untoward event that they may end up causing – property damage, but more so, injury or death.

Car accidents, however, have far more serious results than just property damage and physical injuries. These, as stressed by Russo, Russo & Slania, P.C.‘s website, also cause serious and long-lasting physical, emotional and, often, financial repercussions. Victims have a right to seek monetary compensation in court.

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Amusement Park Accidents: Usually a Case Decided Under the Laws of Premises Liability

According to the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), more than 350 million guests flock to theme and amusement parks annually, and this is in North America alone. Theme and amusement parks are very popular destinations, whether for individuals, group of friends or families. These are among the best places where families can have a more meaningful bonding or where anyone can have his or her fill of thrill and adventure.

Behind the thrills and excitement offered and promised by theme and amusement parks, however, the law firm Williams Kherkher points out the risks of injury visitors may be exposed to. These injuries, which range from mild to severe, and in some instances, fatal, and which are sustained by thousands of visitors every year, may be due to any of the following causes: slip-and-fall accidents; trip-and-fall accidents; assault; ride malfunction or mechanical failure; operator behavior; and, defects in ride design.

Due to these risks, amusement park owners are, therefore, charged with the legal duty of making sure that all their visitors are safe; this means keeping all features and areas of their parks in safe condition, and adhering to regulations on ride design, construction and regular inspection.

While many lawsuits filed by those who get injured base their case on employee negligence, many more pursue injury claims based on premises liability. By premises liability, what is referred to is the responsibility of property owners and residents in maintaining their environment relatively safe, holding them liable for accidents and injuries that occur therein. There are many different kinds of incidences that can lead to premises liability claims, including slip-and-fall and, in reference to amusement parks, injuries suffered on rides.

The website of The Chris Mayo Law Firm also points out the responsibility of property owners in making sure that their visitors and guests are never exposed to health and safety threats or face accountability for the results of their negligence. Despite clear proofs of injury, there can be instances when proving a property owner’s liability may be more challenging.

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