February 17, 2017


How to Determine the Maximum Amount of Drinks You Can Have and Still Legally Drive

A DUI charge will not only cost you financially, but can affect your driving privileges moving forward as well. If it is a first time offense, penalties might not be as severe as is the case with a repeat offender; with this in mind, if you are below the legal age of 21 to drink, if your BAL is well above the .08 legal limit, or if other penalties affect your case (such as drugs being found in the car) all of these will be factored into determining charges. When drinking, it is important to know how many drinks will place you above the legal limit. Although it will vary for each individual, there are certain guidelines in place so you know how much you can drink, without exceeding .08 BAL.

How many drinks can I have –
If you plan on going out to drink, one question you may have is how many drinks can I have, before my BAL levels reach the legal limit? It really is impossible to determine the answer to this question. Think of it this way, a pint of beer has about 4.5% alcohol, while a shot of hard liquor has 40%. In some instances, you order a double shot in your drink, which will instantly cause your tolerance levels to go down.

The best way to determine your tolerance levels is to use a breathalyzer. You can purchase these online, and they will help you gauge what your tolerance levels are. For one person, it may be one drink, while the next individual can have 4 drinks and won’t be affected. A good way to monitor your intake is also to drink a glass of water for every drink you have. Although it is impossible to gauge exactly how many drinks you can have, over time you will learn what you can tolerate, what your body can handle, and when you’ve had too many to drink.

What affects BAL? –
A number of factors will affect how many drinks will put you over the limit. A few of these are: your age, weight, gender, tolerance level, and what you are drinking (hard liquor has a much higher alcohol content than beer or wine). Further, if you have eaten prior to drinking, you might be able to handle more liquor than if you haven’t. No matter how long you have been drinking, in certain instances, even one drink might prove to be too many for you to drive. It is best to understand your body, what affects your level of tolerance, and if possible, to always have a designated driver on hand, to avoid a situation where you might have to drive, when you otherwise shouldn’t.

If you are in a situation where you have been pulled over for a DUI, click here to learn about your legal options. In some cases, your charges can be dismissed if there are intervening circumstances potentially proving your innocence. If you are a repeat offender, a great legal team can work to have charges reduced, avoid jail time, and potentially keep fines to a minimum. Regardless of your situation, the first thing to do when you are pulled over, is to hire a DUI attorney to help assess your case, and personal situation.

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Legal Questions Motorcyclist Should Ask Their Insurance After Facing a Roadside Accident

If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, one of the first things you should do is to let your car insurance company know about the accident. The insurance company’s adjuster will get in touch with you to interview you about the motorcycle accident and the circumstances surrounding it. This interview may take place over the phone or at the insurance adjuster’s local office. During the interview, the adjuster will ask you questions related to your accident. You’re required to provide honest and exhaustive answers to these questions. You’re also free to ask your own questions to have your concerns addressed and protect your interests.

In this article, we have provided a list of questions you should ask your insurance after an accident. Read on to discover how you can preserve your rights to compensation after a motorcycle accident.

What information do you need from me to process my claim?

Your insurance company will want you to provide detailed facts about the accident. You’ll also be required to provide information on all parties involved in the accident. Make sure you answer their questions as honestly as you can, but don’t admit fault. Also, don’t give your opinion as it could be used against you; but only facts as you can remember them. If you don’t remember something or aren’t sure, don’t guess – be honest and tell the adjuster that you can’t remember it.

Some of the information that you may be required to provide include details of the other driver and/or other parties involved, including their names, addresses, license plate number, vehicle make, year and model, their insurance carrier and policy information, and their perceived traveling speed.

What is and isn’t covered, and how much can I expect?

Knowing what your policy covers will allow you to better prepare for the claim. So ask your insurer exactly what is and isn’t covered by your motorcycle policy. Also, find out if there are any accident-specific factors that will affect your motorcycle accident insurance claim. What compensation can you expect?

Typically, the insurance may try to offer a low-ball settlement the first time around. Though you may be vulnerable and need the money fast, never accept their first offer. Instead, use the services of a good lawyer who has contacts with experts who can determine the full value of your losses after a motorcycle accident. It is unlikely that the low number they are offering you is fair and capable of fully compensating you for your injuries.

Am I being recorded?

As an accident victim, you don’t have any legal obligation to provide a recorded statement. If the adjuster wants to record the interview, they must ask for your permission first; and you’re free to refuse them. Remember a recorded statement could be used against you.

What am I signing?

If the adjuster presents you with paperwork to sign, ask them to explain what they are and whether they can allow your attorney to review them. Never sign documents from the insurance company, including your own statements and releases, until your lawyer has reviewed them.

What should my next step be?

Ask your insurance company about the settlement time-line of your case. Then, continue taking steps to ensure your health and safety by seeking proper medical attention. If you were unfortunate enough to sustain serious injuries, do not worry about immediate medical costs. Just seek treatment right away. You’ll pay these medical expenses once you receive your compensation through the assistance of an attorney. A good lawyer can also help you deal with an insurer that stalls in or refuses to make a settlement.

Lastly, when dealing with insurance companies, one of the best things you can do to protect your rights is to engage the services of an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer. Your lawyer can guide you through the difficulties of dealing with the insurance company that may want to give a low-ball settlement offer and ensure you get your rightful compensation.

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