While you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to understand the dangers of drinking and driving, many people still continue to operate their vehicles while under the influence. In fact, according to information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2014 alone a total of 9,967 people died due to crashes involving someone who was impaired by alcohol while behind the wheel.
If you have been tempted to get behind the wheel after having a few drinks, you may want to reconsider the consequences you could face. Also, if you are involved in an accident involving a drunk driver, it is best to retain the services of a car accident lawyer in Fairfax to help you get the compensation you deserve.
You May go to Jail
No one wants to think about going to jail and for some, being confined in a prison cell is likely something they don’t want to imagine. However, if you are drunk behind the wheel and caught, then this is a real possibility. Also, if you cause harm to another person while drinking and driving – property damage or even an injury – you may face quite a bit of jail time.
Increased Insurance Premiums
If you receive a citation for drinking and driving, you should not be surprised if this affects your insurance rates. This is because your insurance premiums are based on the risk you pose while behind the wheel. If you are determined to be a higher risk of causing an accident while behind the wheel, then you are going to have to pay a higher premium. As a result, if you receive a DUI, you should expect your insurance costs to skyrocket.
You May Lose Your Professional License and Even Your Job
In some professionals, if you are convicted of drinking and driving, you may find your employment is terminated or that your professional license is revoked. This is especially the case if you have a position of prestige or esteem or if you work for the state government or municipal government. Police officers, public figures, teachers, lawyers, nurses, and doctors all may face losing their license or job if they are caught and convicted of drinking and driving.
You May Face Large Fees and Fines
Receiving a DUI is also extremely expensive. You will have to pay the cost of the ticket you receive, as well as civil penalties, court fees, and fines and may even have to pay fees related to having your license reinstated.
The bottom line is that there is no reason to risk it. There is no need to drink and drive. Call a friend or a cab. Take public transportation. Just don’t get behind the wheel while impaired by alcohol. You are not only putting your life at risk but other people’s, as well.
If you have been injured or a loved one has died due to a drunk driver, you need a car accident lawyer in Fairfax. Contact the law offices of Hilton & Somer, LLC. to learn more.