Driver faces many charges plus jail time
The driver in this Bucks County DUI car accident fatality case is facing at least two felony charges, including homicide by vehicle while DUI and causing a fatal accident while not properly licensed. She is facing a minimum sentence of 3-6 years in prison – and that is for the homicide by vehicle while DUI charge only. She also faces a myriad of other charges, which include driving under the influence of alcohol/controlled substance, involuntary manslaughter, reckless driving, driving under suspended license, and accident involving death and/or personal injury while not licensed.
Why it’s best to abstain from drinking
Thinking that you are “fine to drive” because you have only had “a couple of drinks” is not wise. The blood alcohol content (BAC) at which Pennsylvania and New Jersey (and most other states) consider a person to be under the influence is .08. Alcohol takes effect in peoples’ systems differently, based on many variables, so there is no standard answer to the question of “how much alcohol does it take for a person to reach a BAC of .08”. However, the best method of knowing if you are okay to drive is to simply not drink.
Bucks County DUI is very costly – in more ways than one
There are fines and penalties (including license suspension and prison time) associated with each offense (i.e. 1st, 2nd, 3rd offense, etc.)
at each BAC level.
There are 3 levels of impairment:
1. General impairment – BAC of .08% – .099%
2. High rate of alcohol – BAC of .10% – .159%
3. Highest rate of alcohol – BAC of .16% and above
Fines for Bucks County DUIs range anywhere from $300 – $10,000 and jail time from 48 hours to 5 years, depending on which offense it is for the driver and the driver’s BAC category. There is also the penalty of mandatory license suspension, which can be anywhere from 12 to 18 months.
A Bucks County DUI can cost you your job, your driver’s license, the respect of your family, and a whole lot of money. Anyone who is the cause of a fatal DUI car accident, also pays the price of having to live with his/her irresponsible actions throughout life and be reminded daily of the fact that it never had to happen.
What to do if you are injured in a Bucks County DUI car accident
Unfortunately, DUI car accidents in Bucks County and Philadelphia are going to continue to take place. Bucks County DUI accidents may result in serious injuries, or even wrongful death. Nationally, there are over 10,000 fatal DUI accidents each year. Any one of us could be a victim. Learn about your rights to recover from a serious DUI car accident. Call upon the experience of the local Bucks County car accident injury lawyers at Cordisco & Saile LLC.