Over the past year, Muncie has seen several accidents with alcohol as the culprit. Every time a Muncie car accident either claims a life or injures a Muncie citizen, the community is affected. Sometimes it seems like a losing battle, but the Delaware County Prevention Council hasn’t given up hope. Their mission is to “plan, strengthen, and coordinate community efforts to prevent and reduce substance abuse among youth and adults” with classes, programs, and activities that promote awareness about drinking and driving. In particular, each year before school begins, the upcoming year’s Delaware County PRIDE Team is announced to provide each Delaware County high school with a positive influence about being alcohol-, tobacco-, and drug-free. Events begin in August since the month is dedicated to raising awareness to “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”, a campaign sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Safety Precautions Individuals Can Take
While you may not be in control of the other drivers on Muncie roads, you can be in control of what and how much you drink. Common knowledge is that alcohol affects men and women differently depending on the amount and type of alcohol. There are a few things that you can do if at a party or social gathering to not drink and drive:
- Have a designated driver in your friend group.
- Don’t let your friends drive impaired.
- If alone, use a ridesharing app, taxi service, or someone you trust to take you home.
- If you are the host of a party, don’t drink and make sure everyone has a ride home.
There are also legal consequences to drinking and driving. Even if you aren’t involved in a collision with another vehicle, there are still consequences. However, keep in mind that each case is different.
Most likely, if you are convicted with a DUI or if a chemical test shows your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) to be .08 percent or above, your license will be suspended. If convicted by the courts of a DUI in Indiana, your license will be suspended by the state for two years with a minimum court cost of $300, a maximum fine of $5,000, maximum sentence of a year, drug and alcohol tests, and required substance abuse and victim impact panels.
How Driving Impaired Affects Your Compensation
If in a Muncie car accident with an alcohol-impaired driver, there can be unforeseen problems when seeking damages. When a driver receives an Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) charge, insurance companies will charge them with a high-risk premium that is very pricey. The price increase for their insurance might be too much and they have to cancel their policy — leaving them without insurance to cover any accidents. If you are in an accident with this impaired driver who has lost their insurance because of price, determining the appropriate party to seek damages from can be complicated.
The impaired driver most likely doesn’t have extra funds or enough funds that would adequately cover any hospital bills or cover the amounts associated with emotional trauma. Yet your insurance company may only be willing to pay a certain amount and not a penny more. It becomes quite difficult to seek damages from an accident that you did nothing to cause.
Hire a Muncie Car Accident Attorney
Communities are greatly affected by citizens who are lost because of drinking and driving accidents. Thankfully, there are councils and boards like the Delaware County Prevention Council to spread awareness about the dangers of driving while impaired. There are serious consequences to drinking and driving that affect more than one person. If you find yourself a victim of a Muncie drinking and driving car accident, call the attorneys at Hensley Legal Group for a free consultation today. These cases can be complicated; don’t wait to fight for the compensation you deserve. Call or contact us online.