Will the Legal Definition of "Drunk" be Altered Soon?

Monday, May 20, 2013

Recently the National Transportation and Safety Board (NTSB) has made a recommendation that could have a major impact on drunk-driving laws throughout the United States. Currently, all states consider a person drunk if their Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) is measured at .08 or above. But now the NTSB suggests lowering that to .05.  The goal is to lower the number of serious motor vehicle accidents that involve drunk drivers.

NBC News reports that every year  almost 10,000 people die in alcohol-related traffic accidents and 170,000 are seriously injured. Though that is a big improvement over the last 30 years when there were 20, 000 fatalities each year from DUI -related accidents, MADD, many law enforcement officials and other supporters of tough DUI laws want more done to discourage drunk driving. Now that this federal agency has spoken, action may be forthcoming because, despite harsh sentences for DUI and increased public awareness of the dangers involved, "roughly 4 million people admit to driving while under the influence of alcohol" each year. These facts and the NTSB's significant influence may lead to the legal definition of "drunk" being altered soon.

Of course, despite the dangers that driving under the influence poses, not everyone supports the lowering of the legal threshold.  Restaurant owners and trade organizations argue that lowering the BAC level to .05 will not stop repeat offenders or the people most prone to driving while drunk. Instead, they argue, responsible adults may be discouraged from having a drink or two with dinner or at social gatherings for fear of harsh reprisal. But for critics of the NTSB proposal, success does not look promising: nearly every country in the world that has drunk-driving laws makes a BAC of .05 the legal threshold for being drunk. Iraq and the United States are the only two exceptions.

Perhaps trade organizations and some moderate drinkers will aggressively protest the changing of the law. But even for the most ardent civil libertarians, arguing that the threshold should not be lowered is fairly difficult. And, for people who have heard the stories or have actually lost loved ones or endured catastrophic injuries as the result of a drunk-driver's negligent and irresponsible behavior, even .05 may be too generous.

Children Recovering from Injuries in San Bernardino Dog Bite Attack

Friday, May 17, 2013

Two children, who suffered serious injuries after they were attacked by a pit bull in a dog bite attack in San Bernardino, are still recovering from their injuries.

The two children who were attacked were one and two years old. According to police officers, the children and their parents were visiting a friend in San Bernardino. The two children were playing in the backyard of the house, when they were attacked by the friend’s dog.

It was a savage attack, and the pit bull bit one of the children right in the face. The parents rushed to help their child, and when they were trying to save the one-year-old child from the dog’s bites, the pit bull turned right around and attacked the 2-year-old child.

Both of the children suffered injuries, which were fortunately, not life-threatening. The children were transported to the local hospital, and received stitches on their face. According to the San Bernardino City Animal Control, the pit bull has been quarantined with no plans to euthanize it.

This is the 2nd pit bull attack in San Bernardino County that Los Angeles dog bite lawyers have come across recently. Just a few days ago, a 74-year-old woman had been injured in a dog bite attack involving a pit bull. In that incident, officers responding to the scene tried to pull the dog off the woman, but the dog turned on them as well. The officers then shot the dog.

The incidence of dog bites reported from around California is likely to increase over the next few weeks, as summer begins. Summer is typically dog bite season around California because dogs as well as adults and children, who happen to be the biggest victims of dog bites in California, head outdoors.

Advances in Microsurgery Help Heal Lower Extremity Injuries May

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Some of the most common injuries that motorcyclists suffer when they are involved in an accident are lower extremity injuries, or leg and foot injuries. These injuries often occur when the motorcyclist is dragged several yards on the ground upon impact, resulting in severe injuries to the legs. In some cases, these injuries can be so severe, that they require the limb to be amputated.

However, over the past few years, there have been a number of advancements in microsurgery that help surgeons repair the badly damaged muscle and tissue of the legs and feet, without necessarily amputating the limb. That has meant a remarkably improved prognosis and better quality of life for an injured motorcyclist, who would otherwise face the prospect of an amputated limb.

You don't even have to be involved in a very serious motorcycle accident to suffer such injuries. Even a moderately severe motorcycle accident can result in such lower extremity injuries that can have a devastating impact. In many cases of lower extremity injuries that Los Angeles motorcycle accident lawyers come across, there's severe damage to the muscle, tendons and tissues of the legs. Earlier, a leg with this kind of damage would be considered too injured to save.

However, surgeons are now using complex micro-surgical procedures that can help save the leg. Muscle, fat and skin from other healthier parts of the body can be transplanted to the injured leg in order to save the limb. The success rate from such micro surgeries is very high.

However, it is best to reduce the risk of lower extremity injuries in a motorcycle accident, by wearing full length pants and boots while riding.

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