Whether you drive a small car, a truck, ride a motorcycle or bicycle or regularly go for a walk, the road can be dangerous. Not only do you have to watch out for large vehicles, but other types of vehicles such as motorcycles can be dangerous as well. Even if you are driving a very large vehicle, such as a semi truck, you could be seriously hurt and adversely impacted in other ways in the event that you collide with a motorcycle. Motorcycle wrecks happen for many reasons, but some are the result of a motorcyclist’s negligence, such as someone who is on the road while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Sometimes, people who get behind the wheel while inebriated do so knowingly, showing no regard for the safety of everyone on the road. That said, there are also times when drivers may unknowingly drive drunk. For example, someone may have thought that they were under the legal limit or they may not have realized that they drank alcohol in a mixed drink at a celebration. Regardless, those who are over the legal limit should be held responsible for their actions, especially if they cause an accident in Pittsburgh or anywhere else in the state of Pennsylvania.
Drunk driving may lead to a number of consequences, from innocent people riding in other vehicles suffering injuries to penalties such as license suspension and imprisonment for those driving drunk. Sadly, many of these drivers have claimed the lives of other people by getting behind the wheel after they have been drinking. It is important for people to be aware of just how widespread drunk driving is and the number of lives that are claimed in Pennsylvania and across the whole U.S. as a result of this reckless behavior.
We have gone over many of the risks associated with driving, but drunk drivers are especially problematic. Sadly, awareness campaigns and widespread media coverage have failed to prevent many people from getting behind the wheel after drinking. Moreover, there are certain groups which face unique challenges related to drunk driving. For example, younger people may make the poor decision to drive even though they are intoxicated because of peer pressure. Whether you are a teenager or the parent of a young driver, it is important to be aware of these issues. Moreover, teens may be involved in underage drunk driving accidents as passengers who are completely sober.
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.