Drinking and driving – the facts
Drinking and driving is illegal and you can face a range of penalties which can even include a prison sentence. If you cause an accident whilst drinking and driving you automatically become the driver responsible for the accident, meaning you will have to pay out on your insurance for any damage to both your vehicle and the other driver’s vehicle. You may have to pay out for any whiplash injury in Chitterne that the other driver has sustained and will not be able to claim compensation for your own injuries.
Ifyou sustain a whiplash injury in Chitterne in an accident where the other driver was drinking, then you should have a very good case for compensation, particularly if this was noted at the scene by police and there is a police report. The easiest way to make a claim for your whiplash injury in Chitterne is to speak to Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone.
The team will talk you through your whiplash injury in Chitterne and how the accident came about to help you to decide whether or not you want to make a claim. They can then pass you over to an in house experienced injury lawyer, who will work on your behalf to get you the compensation you deserve.
Although it is possible to have a an alcoholic drink and still be under the limit for driving, meaning that you shouldn’t face any punishment if stopped, it is always best to avoid drinking whatsoever before you get into your car.
The law states that there should be less than 35 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath if you are stopped and have to do a breath test. If you are over the limit then you may have to do a blood test, which will require you to be under 80 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. Remember that many factors affect how alcohol will affect your body, so what would make one person over the limit may not for another person and vice versa. These factors include:
- Height and weight of the person
- Sex and age
- Type of alcohol that has been consumed
- Whether or not you have eaten recently
- Stress levels
If you are found to be over the limit after the alcohol test, either at the roadside or back at the police station you face a number of penalties, depending on how over the limit you were, and whether this is a first offence or not.
- Minimum 12 month driving ban
- Fine of up to £5000
- A criminal record
More serious penalties are in place if you cause an accident due to drink driving.