Drunk Driving Accident

U.S. Supreme Court Will Hear DUI Blood Draw Case

By John Page on October 2, 2012 - Comments off

DUI Blood Test LawsThe U.S. Supreme Court recently agreed to hear a case that tackles a law surrounding drunk driving arrests. The case addresses the question of whether police must get a warrant before drawing blood from a DUI (driving under the influence) suspect in order to test it for alcohol.

The case the Supreme Court will hear involves a driver from southeast Missouri. In 2011, the driver was pulled over by a police officer who suspected him of driving under the influence. After failing field sobriety tests, the driver refused to take a breath test. The officer then arrested the driver and took him to a police lab, where a blood draw was performed. The officer did not get a warrant before the blood draw, and the suspect protested the blood draw.

On appeal, the Missouri Supreme Court sided with the driver, saying that officers must get a warrant in most cases before doing an intrusive search like a blood draw. The state of Missouri appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, arguing that requiring officers to take time getting a warrant would allow blood alcohol levels to dissipate, effectively destroying evidence of drunk driving.

Currently, every U.S. state makes it a crime to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 percent or above. Most states, including Missouri, test a driver’s BAC in one of two ways: with a breath test or with a blood test.

Drunk driving can cause serious injuries or even death, both to the driver and to others on the road. If you or someone you love has been injured in a Missouri drunk driving accident, call the experienced DUI auto accident victim lawyers at Page Law today to learn more about your legal rights. Our number is (314) 322-8515, and your initial consultation is free and confidential.


Research Indicates Broader Ignition Interlock Device Use May Prevent DUI Accidents

By John Page on March 27, 2012 - Comments off

Ignition Interlock Use MissouriIgnition interlock devices are currently required in many states for drivers convicted of a second or later charge of driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI), and in some states for drivers convicted of DUI with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) over twice the legal limit of 0.08 percent. However, a study cited recently by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) indicates that requiring an ignition interlock device on all vehicles driven by those convicted of DUI, even a first offense, might greatly improve highway safety and prevent auto accidents.

Ignition interlock devices connect to a car’s ignition. They require the driver to give a breath sample, and if the sample contains alcohol – indicating the driver has been drinking – the car will not start. The IIHS study found that when ignition interlock devices were required for all drivers convicted of DUI, even those convicted of a first offense or with a BAC less than twice the legal limit, the number of drivers who were later convicted of a second DUI was cut in half. The number of injury- or death-causing accidents also dropped significantly, suggesting that requiring ignition interlock devices for all those convicted of DUI might make the streets much safer as well.

Drunk driving is just one of the ways in which a driver’s negligence can cause an accident that can result in serious injuries or even death. If you or someone you love has been injured in a drunk driving crash, call the knowledgeable St. Louis drunk driving accident attorneys at Page Law today. Our number is (314) 322-8515, and your initial telephone consultation is free.


Super Bowl Sunday Means Party Fun – But Also Increased Risk of Accidents

By John Page on February 3, 2012 - Comments off

Super Bowl Sunday is coming up fast, which means that plenty of Missourians will be heading to family’s and friend’s houses to watch the game and enjoy a party. Many people include alcohol in their Super Bowl party experience. When alcohol isn’t used wisely, however, an impaired driver can cause a crash that leaves people with serious injuries or even takes a life.

One way to avoid the increased risk of drunk driving accidents on holidays like the Super Bowl is to stay off the roads. Hosting a Super Bowl party yourself both keeps you out of the car and gives you the chance to help friends avoid causing a drunk-driving auto accident by watching how much alcohol is served and by ensuring everyone has a sober ride home – whether that’s a designated driver, a taxicab, public transportation (like a bus), or even walking.

If you’re going to be on the roads during Super Bowl Sunday, however, your best defense against serious injuries is to choose a sober ride yourself and always buckle your seatbelt, according to the National Football League (NFL). For added help, put the numbers of local cab companies into your cell phone before you leave. You can use this information to help others get a sober ride home, instead of risking their own lives and endangering the lives of others by driving while impaired.

Car accidents can cause serious injuries. At Page Law, our experienced Missouri DUI accident attorneys are dedicated to protecting the rights of those injured in a crash caused by the negligence of an impaired driver. To learn more, give us a call today at (314) 322-8515. The call is free, and we keep all your information completely confidential.


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