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Drunk Driving Accidents Archives

Factors that affect alcohol levels

Most drivers in Pennsylvania know that driving under the influence of alcohol is a no-no, but many underestimate the amount of alcohol it takes to reach the legal limits. There are numerous factors that affect how alcohol metabolizes in the body, and a drink can affect one person way different than another one. This can result in people getting behind the wheel when they should not be driving. 

How can I spot a drunk driver?

Drunk driving is a very serious offense that is capable of destroying numerous lives in one fell swoop. While it's ultimately up to law enforcement to identify and apprehend drunk drivers, it also helps for ordinary citizens to be alert and aware when on the road. In this case, MADD offers the following advice on how you can spot a drunk driver and what you should do about it.

Understanding dram shop liability

Many in Pittsburgh may believe that their chances of encountering a drunk driver on the road are rare. This may come from an assumption that those who actually choose to drive while intoxicated are relatively few. They may think that reports of drunk driving arrests are not representative of the total population. Yet while the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that while just over 1 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence in 2016, they also share data that suggests that number represents a mere one percent of the total number of American adults who admit to getting behind the wheel after drinking every year. 

When you are hit by an underage drunk driver

Whenever someone gets behind the wheel while they are drunk, the consequences can be terrible. For some drivers, however, drunk driving can be especially dangerous, such as those who are under the age of 21. Underage drunk drivers may be especially likely to cause a crash because they are inexperienced with alcohol, or they have not spent very much time on the road and are inexperienced drivers. In some instances, they may be inexperienced in both regards. If you are ever hit by someone who was driving drunk, it is pivotal to stand up for yourself regardless of their age.

Recovering from an on-the-job drunk driving accident

Every single day, reckless drivers show no regard for the safety of others by getting behind the wheel when they are intoxicated. Some people may exhibit this behavior while carrying out their job duties, such as those who struggle with an alcohol addiction. Moreover, a responsible driver may be struck by someone else who is under the influence while they are trying to drive for work-related purposes. Workplace accidents happen for many reasons, but those which involve an intoxicated driver can be especially devastating.

Hangovers and road safety

When it comes to drunk driving, there is no debating the dangers that are associated with this reckless behavior. Drunk drivers place many lives in danger, and they should be held fully responsible for getting behind the wheel in an inebriated state. However, some people dismiss the risks that are associated with driving while hungover. Some drivers may be inexperienced with alcohol, not realizing that they are still too inebriated to drive, while others may tell themselves that they are no longer drunk and are capable of driving safely.

Drunk driving and poor road conditions

Those who get behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol place lives in danger regardless of the time of year. However, on certain occasions, it may become even more risky for someone to drive drunk. For example, when road conditions have deteriorated due to bad weather, a drunk driver may have an even higher chance of losing control of their vehicle and causing a collision. In the winter months, this is especially true in some parts of the country which see a great deal of snowfall, ice and other weather hazards.

Alcoholism and auto accidents

Whether someone gets in their car after having a few drinks while celebrating with their friends or accidentally drinking too much at a family function, there are many reasons why reckless drivers find themselves over the legal limit while behind the wheel. However, some people drink far more often than others, such as those who struggle with alcohol addiction. Unfortunately, these people may be even more likely to drive drunk for a variety of reasons, which we will explore in this post.

Crashes caused by a driver who is extremely drunk

Sometimes, drivers are charged with DUI after being pulled over and barely failing a breathalyzer test. Even though a driver may have barely been over the legal limit, they were still violating the law and endangering innocent lives. However, some drivers decide to get behind the wheel when they are extremely intoxicated due to consuming large amounts of alcohol. These drivers are especially dangerous and have caused many fatal accidents over the years. Furthermore, it is important to point out that some states penalize drivers who are "super drunk."

How many job-related traffic crashes involve alcohol?

People are involved in various types of accidents while working, such as those which involve the use of dangerous equipment. However, motor vehicle collisions are especially concerning, and these accidents happen for all sorts of reasons, from inexperience to working too many hours and falling asleep on the road. Moreover, some job-related traffic collisions are caused by alcohol consumption, and it is important for employees, employers and everyone on the road to be aware of how prevalent this is.

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