If you’ve been injured in a Newport car accident and it transpires that the other driver was over the drink drive limit, you may well be entitled to claim compensation for your injury. Although drinking and driving is seen as being socially unacceptable by most people today, it is still rife, and it accounts for over 16% of all RTAs (Road Traffic Accidents) here in the UK.
The damage that alcohol causes to driving abilities
The truth of the matter is that driving over the legal drink drive limit (80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood, or 35mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath, or 107mg per 100ml of urine) can seriously impair anyone’s ability to drive safely. Drinking excess alcohol can result in:
- Reducing night vision by 25%
- Bringing about blurred or double vision
- Reducing the driver’s ability to perceive what is happening around him/her
- Drastically reducing peripheral vision
- Slowing reaction times down by 50%
Calling the police to the scene
If you believe that any driver involved in a Newport car accident is over the legal drink drive limit, you should immediately inform the police. It’s best to do this discreetly however, as this can aggravate an already fraught situation. When the police arrive on the scene, they will ask the other driver (and perhaps you too) to take a breathalyser test. If anyone refuses to do so, they may be taken to the local police station for a urine test. Refusal to have this done will be treated as a criminal offence.
If the other driver in a Newport car accident was driving under the influence of alcohol
Whether we are talking about a Newport car accident, or a car accident that occurred anywhere else here in the UK, if it does turn out that the other driver was under the influence of alcohol, it can only help your claim.
The amount of compensation that you could be due will be dependent on the nature and severity of the injury you sustained. To get a rough guide as to the amount of compensation you could be awarded, visit Accident Advice Helpline’s website and take the 30-second test using our ‘HOW MUCH’ calculator. As well as giving you a basic estimate, it will also confirm in theory whether or not your claim appears to be a valid one.
No money is required up front to make a claim
Here at Accident Advice Helpline we offer a no-win, no-fee service. It not only guarantees that you won’t have to pay our fees should your claim fail, it also means you will not be expected to pay any money up front. The no-win, no-fee system, and the excellent customer support that we offer are both unreservedly recommended by consumer champion Dame Esther Rantzen.
Contact Accident Advice Helpline
If you would prefer, we also operate a helpline which can be accessed from any landline on 0800 689 0500, or on any mobile, by calling 0333 500 0993.
Date Published: 1st May 2017
Author: Jan Newell