Drunk driving is a serious offense with severe legal consequences. In fact, when the police catch someone in the act of driving drunk, the driver will go to jail. When someone violates the legal drinking limit, this results with the driver being charged with a criminal offense, known as driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while impaired (DWI). All 50 states have set the legal drinking limit at a blood concentration of 0.8% and 0.4% for commercial vehicles. The set legal drinking limit for drivers is there for a reason, to prevent car accidents. In fact, according to the news site Madd.org, every two minutes, a person in involved in a drunk driving related injury; and on average, two out of three individuals will be in a drunk driving accident sometime during their lives.
On November 16, 2016, a drunk driver identified as Stuart Mackenzie caused a large-scale car accident in central Scotland. Stuart was found to be driving five times over the legal drinking limit. Up to 5 cars were involved in the accident that happened at a temporary traffic light, right after Stuart ran through nine traffic lights. The fiscal depute Carol Whyte described the moments prior to the crash: “At 10.55 pm four vehicles were stopped at the red light waiting for the convoy and the accused was seen to drive towards them. It appeared he had failed to notice the line of vehicles.”
Stuart was then seen driving into the rear of the last car in the line, which caused it to hit the other cars, like a domino effect. The accident caused a 16-year-old to suffer brain injuries and also caused head injuries to Max Stobbs, a 19-year-old. Stuart’s lawyer expressed his client’s remorse to the victims of the accident he caused. Due to the severity of the accident, Stuart will be in jail for two years.
When someone is injured because another person was drunk driving, compensation can and should be awarded. If you or a loved one has been injured because of this, please do not hesitate to contact our highly experienced and expert Massachusetts drunk driving attorneys. Our Boston, MA drunk driving lawyers can be reached at 617-787-3700 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.