Impaired Driving – Car Accident Attorneys – Personal Injury Lawyers

Impaired Driving – Car Accident Attorneys – Personal Injury Lawyers

Impaired driving is a frequent cause of accidents. Despite efforts to curtail the national epidemic of driving while drunk, the annual number of drunk driving accident fatalities remains steady at about 10,000. Drunk driving accounts for about one-third of all traffic accident deaths in the United States.car accident lawyers

Impaired Driving Laws

A driver can be convicted of the offense of driving while under the influence of intoxicants, or DUI, if the driver is found behind the wheel while drunk or influenced by a controlled substance.

A DUI conviction can get a driver off the road for a while with a license suspension. The minimum suspension period is 90 days for a first offense. For a second offense, the license is suspended for one year. The loss of driving privileges is in addition to any criminal penalties a court may impose.

A driver who refuses to take a blood or urine test to measure blood alcohol level is presumed to be intoxicated and will receive a one-year license suspension, even for a first offense.

These penalties aim to stop drunk drivers from driving, but they are effective only if the driver obeys the law and refrains from driving with a suspended license.

Ignition Interlock To Prevent A Drunk Driving Accident
Once a driver convicted of DUI has sat out the license suspension period, he or she can start driving again but must use an ignition interlock device for one or two years. An ignition interlock is installed in the DUI offender’s car. It is like a Breathalyzer, which the driver must blow into before trying to start the car. If the device detects alcohol, the car ignition stays locked up and the car will not start.

Unfortunately, DUI offenders may try to get around the ignition interlock by having someone else blow into it, or by using someone else’s car that does not have the device installed.

The Future Of DUI

It may be small consolation that teenagers seem to be trending away from DUI. The latest statistics show that now more teens die in distracted driving crashes than in drunk driving accidents.dui car accident lawyers

Since the current standard of .08 blood alcohol content was widely adopted a few decades ago to define drunk driving, the rate of deaths from drunk driving has declined over past years. With the total now at a plateau of about 10,000 a year, safety organizations are looking for ways to reduce that number.

The National Transportation Safety Board has now recommended that states redefine drunk driving by resetting the blood alcohol limit down to .05. At a blood alcohol level of .05, drivers start having perception problems, and the risk of a crash is 39 percent higher than it is for drivers with no alcohol in their systems.

By comparison, with a blood alcohol level around .07, drivers begin to be cognitively impaired. At .08, they are twice as likely to crash a vehicle as drivers who have not been drinking.

Whether laws will change remains to be seen. The DUI problem is not going away soon. If you are among the many that have lost a loved one to a drunk driving accident, or if you’ve been injured by a drunk driver, you should know that compensation may be available.

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Family Law Attorneys

David Greenberg has handled hundreds of divorces for Louisiana families in his years of practice since 1981. He understands that questions and uncertainty about child custody and visitation, child support, spousal support, community property and finances in general can cause a person to become anxious about leaving or losing a spouse.

David Greenberg places special emphasis on speaking with and questioning his clients about their particular situation so that he can educate and assist them in implementing the best course of action for themselves and their children.

Domestic Hearing Officers and Mediation

In the last 15 to 20 years, there has been a nationwide movement to involve domestic hearing officers in an attempt to resolve family law matters without full hearings in open court. Many parishes in the greater New Orleans area have adapted such a system.

David Greenberg worked for over two years as an active member of the Jefferson Parish Domestic Rules Revision Committee in 2002-2004. This committee was empowered to rewrite the Domestic Rules of Court for Jefferson Parish. David Greenberg worked with judges, domestic hearing officers and other domestic attorneys to help refashion the rules governing the operation of domestic courts in Jefferson Parish.

Full Service Family Law Practice

The attorneys of Greenberg and LaPeyronnie, LLC have the ability to handle your case before a hearing officer, magistrate or trial judge. They understand that family law issues are sensitive matters which require not only extensive preparation but creative solutions. Should negotiations fail, the attorneys of Greenberg and LaPeyronnie are well-suited to bring your case to trial. Their aggressive style is tailor-made for family law litigation.
Whether in a conference before a domestic hearing officer or at a trial in district court before a district judge on family law matters, the attorneys of Greenberg and LaPeyronnie, LLC provide aggressive, efficient representation on these sensitive, personal issues.

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Insurance Law Attorneys

Insurance law is the practice of law concerning insurance policies and claims. If you are in need of a local New Orleans insurance law attorney please contact us today. We have extensive experience in insurance law including many issues that are crucially important to New Orleans and Louisiana residents such as hurricane insurance.

Insurance law is generally composed of two categories:

  • insurance claims (including personal and commercial)
  • the regulation of the insurance industry and companies

Insurance Claims
Insurance claims take many forms and the attorneys of Greenberg & LaPeyronnie, LLC have represented and litigated many and various aspects of these claims including:

Making a claim or filing suit. An individual’s usual experience in insurance claims is the making of a claim against the insurance company of an individual or company who has injured our client (and sometimes our client’s own insurance company).

Defense against a claim or suit. In situations where our clients have been sued, we have reviewed our client’s own insurance policy and have been successful in having our client’s own insurance company pay for the client’s legal representation, thus relieving our client of the cost of hiring defense counsel.

Life insurance claims. In other situations, we have assisted clients who had claims for life insurance proceeds due to the death of a loved one when the claim for policy benefits was denied. We have done this by filing lawsuits in both state and federal courts. Due to these efforts, the insurance companies retracted their denials and paid death benefits to our clients.

» Learn more about insurance claims and what to do if your insurance company denies your claim

Hurricane Insurance Claims – Critical to life in the New Orleans area
Hurricane damage is one of the most heated issues for those of us living in the Gulf Coast area. A local New Orleans insurance law attorney can be a tremendous asset in protecting your rights and helping restore what you have lost in the event of a hurricane.

A recent example from one of our clients:

The attorneys of Greenberg & LaPeyronnie, LLC assisted its client in preparing and submitting an insurance claim and demand for coverage after the client suffered a rather large loss of business income due to Hurricane Katrina. Once the insurance company denied this claim, the attorneys of Greenberg & LaPeyronnie, LLC successfully litigated its client’s loss of business income claim receiving a unanimous vote of the jury which awarded our client the entire amount sought for loss of business income and statutory penalties.

Insurance law regulation
As to the regulation of business insurance, Adrian LaPeyronnie served as special legal counsel for the Louisiana Department of Insurance in the conservation, rehabilitation and liquidation of insurance companies.

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