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Binge Drinkers Like to Drive, 1 in 10 Drive after a Binge l Washington DUI Injury Accident Lawyer

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Ten (10%) percent of binge drinkers drive after a heavy drinking session a new study from the CDC reports.  Half of those left from a bar, restaurant or nightclub after drinking five or more drinks.  So if you're driving late on a weekend, be extra careful a binge drinker is likely on the road with you.

The study is the first to try and measure the likelihood of someone driving after binge drinking.  It's studies like this that justify the need for extra police patrols on weekends.  Binge drinking is a main factor behind the more than 11,000 death annually from alcohol-related car accidents according to Dr. Timothy Naimi, an epidemiologist with the CDC.

Many of our clients have been injured in a car accident caused by a drunk driver.  However, one of the dirty little secrets of insurance companies is that they fight tooth and nail to keep out any mention of the fact that their customer was driving drunk.  They never want the truth about their customer to come out in front a jury, but they often also don't want to pay fair compensation for your injuries.  They want their cake and eat it too. 

I wish their was better news on this one but, often times judges keep out evidence of intoxication because they believe it may too prejudicial to the defendant.  In other words, they fear the jury will punish the defendant for driving drunk or be more likely to think negatively of the defendant because of this.  The only exception being that if you have suffered emotional trauma, like reoccurring nightmares about being injured by a drunk driver, and received medical treatment for those nightmares then sometimes you can talk about the drunk driver issue.  But this is rare and the insurance company will do everything in its power to prevent it.

Personally, I believe if you drive drunk and hurt someone as a result then the jury should be able to know that you ignored the law and hurt someone as a result of your gross negligence.

Drive safe!

Max Meyers 

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