With Memorial Day weekend coming up, you may be looking forward to spending time with those you love and celebrating the holiday. Sometimes, these celebrations involve alcohol and sadly many people choose to drive after drinking at a get-together. Whenever you are on the road, there is always the risk of being hit by someone who is intoxicated after drinking or taking drugs. However, there are certain occasions, such as holiday weekends, when these accidents are even more likely. As a result, you should be vigilant during the upcoming holiday weekend and during other holidays throughout the year.
There are many types of reckless behavior that remain too prevalent on roads across the country, but drunk driving and speeding are especially concerning. This reckless behavior endangers innocent lives and even the lives of those who make the poor decision to drive irresponsibly. Moreover, while responsible drivers may not be able to avoid an accident that is caused by this carelessness, it could be helpful to review statistics on this behavior to have a better understanding of when it is even more likely to occur.
There are many different considerations people should recognize with regard to drunk driving. For example, drunk driving can pose a threat to those riding in other vehicles, but it is also a major concern for bicyclists and pedestrians as well. When a pedestrian is struck by a drunk driver, their life may change at once and they could suffer a major injury. Worse, some lose their lives, which also leaves their loved ones with overwhelming emotional pain.
We understand that an accident can be physically and emotionally jarring. While you recover from your injuries, it is important to have an experienced personal injury attorney investigate the cause of the crash. After all, a large majority of accidents arise out of human error, meaning one (or more) drivers were at fault. This is very likely when alcohol is involved.
The devastation caused by distracted driving led a number of states to enact laws banning the practice. The U.S. Department of Transportation also established rules prohibiting truck and commercial bus drivers from using cell phones behind the wheel. While distracted driving remains a national issue, drowsy driving has become equally as dangerous, as many drivers who rely on the sleep-aid, Ambien, were seen causing accidents.