On behalf of Weisman, Kennedy & Berris Co., L.P.A. posted in car accident on Monday, June 25, 2012.

According to a study, a DWI conviction may be only the tip of the iceberg in an individual’s lifelong struggle with alcohol or drug abuse. For that reason, Ohio residents and drivers may face an ongoing threat of car accidents caused by repeat DWI offenders. Today’s story illustrates a repeat arrest of a DWI offender.

According to local police, an Ohio man, who was released on bond after being charged earlier this month on drunken-driving and narcotics charges, has been arrested again. The man’s previous arrest was made after police stopped the man’s car and determined that he was driving under the influence. It is unclear whether drugs or alcohol were a factor in the most recent arrest; the man was officially charged for attempting to break into a relative’s home.

According to a study that interviewed 700 adults with a drunk-driving conviction about 15 years earlier, nearly 50% never stopped drinking or had fallen back into unhealthy habits. The study identified women as risky drinkers if they habitually had more than 7 drinks per week. For men, the limits were more than 14 drinks per week. Although the study did not measure how many of the drinkers had repeat convictions, researchers believe that mandatory treatment for DWI convicts might have lifelong benefits.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident because another driver was negligently driving under the influence, an attorney can advise you on how best to prepare a claim. If the crash also results in a criminal DWI charge being brought against the other driver, an attorney can determine whether any evidentiary findings in that related case might be applicable to your civil claim. An attorney can provide the strong advocacy skills and in-depth analysis that will convince a jury to award you the recovery you deserve.

Source: Reuters, “Man arrested for second time in eight days in Naperville,” Bill Bird, June 22, 2012