In the run up to Christmas and the festive season police are launching the usual campaigns in an attempt to stop people driving after they have had a drink. There are different measurements in European countries for the legal alcohol limit. For example, in England and Wales the limit is
- 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood
- 35 micrograms per 100 millilitres of breath
- 107 milligrams per 100 millilitres of urine
In some other European countries the legal limit is 50 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood.In Scotland, as of December 5th 2014, the legal amount was reduced from 80 milligrams of alcohol in every 100 millilitres of blood, to 50 milligrams. Of course, it is safest not to drink anything before driving.
Harrogate road traffic accident claim
If you have been drinking before you have an accident, even if you were a pedestrian when the accident occurred, you may not be entitled to make a Harrogate road traffic accident claim. This is because you have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you were in no way responsible for the accident in which you sustained your injuries. You also need to prove that the accident was another person’s fault.
After an accident
If you were driving and had an accident, you should have stopped and, if other people were involved, you should have asked if anyone was injured. If people sustain injuries in a road traffic accident which involved a motorised vehicle then the police must be called as well as an ambulance.
The police must investigate the cause of the accident and when they have done this, they will write an accident report which you will need if you later make a Harrogate road traffic accident claim for your injuries.
After you have been treated for your injuries, the doctor will detail the extent of your injuries in your medical report and this will be used, if you make a Harrogate road traffic accident claim, to decide how much compensation you receive for the pain and suffering caused you.
If you are uncertain about how to begin a Harrogate road traffic accident claim, call us at Accident Advice Helpline for help and expert legal advice.
Accident Advice Helpline
You can call us at any time on one of our freephone lines, and if there is no one available to take your call, leave your message and we will get back to you as soon as we can. From a landline call 0800 689 0500, or call 0333 500 0993 from a mobile. Why not call now and find out if you are eligible to make a claim?
Date Published: 12th December 2014
Author: David Brown