Randy Rozek: 414-374-4444
Wisconsin has the highest rate of drunk driving in the United States. In a Drunk Driving Survey released in April of 2008 by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, over 26 percent of Wisconsin adults admitted that they had driven under the influence of alcohol within the last year. From the years 2000 to 2006, the national average of drivers that admitted driving while intoxicated within the last year was only 15.1 percent.These numbers directly translate into Wisconsin Drunk Driving fatalities and injuries. In 2007, Wisconsin Drunk Driving crashes killled 337 people and injured 5,500. This means nearly 50 percent of all fatal car crashes in Wisconsin involve drunk drivers.
Wisconsin Drunk Driving History
Alcohol plays a strong and prominent role in the history of Wisconsin. Some point to our ancestry, others to our climate, but whatever the reason, it cannot be denied that the consumption of alcohol is involved in almost every major holiday and celebration. Unfortunately, the consumption of alcohol at many events also leads to driving under the influence.
Wisconsin also has three times more bars and taverns per person than the national average. Drinking in the majority of bars and taverns also results in driving under the influence.
Wisconsin Drunk Driving Accident Law
Too often I have seen Wisconsin lawyers handle Wisconsin Drunk Driving Accidents as they would any other auto accident case. They should not be handled the same.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has stated that victims of Drunk Drivers in Wisconsin can recover Punitive Damages in certain circumstances. Punitive Damages are meant to punish and deter individuals from repeating dangerous actions. A thorough investigation of the circumstances surrounding a Wisconsin Drunk Driver’s conduct is absolutely critical to determine whether Punitive Damages are appropriate in a given crash.