Crashing While Intoxicated
A DWI arrest is bad enough, but what if you are involved in a crash while intoxicated? And what if someone is injured in that crash?
If you aren’t too injured to do so, you will need to immediately contact a DWI attorney to provide legal advice. Lawyer Michael Anzalone is well-versed in New Hampshire’s driving laws and is ready to assist you.
In New Hampshire, prosecutors don’t take drunk driving-related cases lightly. And they’re often very aggressive on people who cause a crash while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Remember this. Intoxicated driving doesn’t only involve alcohol. You can also be convicted of a DWI/DUI if you are using drugs even over-the-counter medication. It’s all about how the drug affects you. That’s why you should never drive after taking medication until you know how it affects you. Some drugs, such as cold medications, can make you drowsy and can be lethal if you are driving while using the medication.
Anyone who drives in New Hampshire with a blood alcohol content or BAC of 0.08 percent of higher is considered too intoxicated to get behind the wheel of a vehicle or a boat. Note that the threshold is even lower if you are under the age of 21. Younger drivers are considered intoxicated if their BAC is just 0.02 or higher.
Police officers are always on the lookout for people who are driving while under the influence. They often exhibit certain behaviors, such as weaving in traffic, going too fast or too slow, running up on curbs or even falling asleep at a traffic light.What can Happen in an Injury Crash?
In addition to the laws pertaining to DWI, someone who is involved in a crash while intoxicated opens themselves up to legal action. For example the victim or the victim’s family may bring a personal injury lawsuit against the intoxicated driver.
If a lawsuit if filed against you, the victim may be able to recover compensation for costs and losses. Damages can come in the form of economic and non-economic compensation. This includes lost wages, damage to the vehicle, medical expenses and, of course, pain and suffering. And under New Hampshire’s laws involving drunk driving, a victim can recover liberal compensatory damages if the accident is proven to have involved malicious, wanton or oppressive aggravating circumstances.
DWI attorney Michael Anzalone can help you get your life back on track if this happens to you. He and his legal team are here to help you 24/7.
If this happens to you, understand that there will likely be a long road ahead of hearings, a trial and rehabilitation. It will also probably cost you a tremendous amount of time and money.
So the best advice that Michael Anzalone can offer you is to never get behind the wheel of a vehicle if you have been drinking. But if you do, make sure you make the call for help to The Anzalone Law Firm in Nashua, New Hampshire.