Four young women in their early 20s, all bridesmaids attending a bachelorette party in New York’s wine country, were killed in a limo truck crash on Saturday in New York. The limo in which the women were riding with four of their friends was broadsided by a red pickup truck. According to Fox News, the pickup truck driver fled from the scene of the crash, but was caught and arrested. The New York Times reported that the driver of the pickup that crashed into the limo was charged with driving while intoxicated and that those charges would eventually be upgraded. Three of the women died on impact in the truck limo crash and another young woman died a short time later at the hospital as a result of the collision. Two of the other women, including the bride, were listed in critical condition.
Alcohol-Related Crash Statistics
Drunk driving is a huge problem in this country that accounts for a large percentage of traffic related deaths and brings heartbreak to many families of innocent victims like the young girls killed in the New York limo truck crash. According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), 10,076 were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes in 2013, accounting for 31% of all traffic-related deaths in the United States. The NHTSA’s 2013 Traffic Safety Facts reported that an average of one alcohol-impaired-driving fatality occurred every 52 minutes in 2013. The report also found that the 21 to 24-year-old age group had the highest percentage of drivers in fatal crashes with blood alcohol concentrations of .08 or higher (33%). The NHTSA reported that the rate of drunk driving among drivers involved in fatal crashes was nearly 4 times higher at night than during the day. The FBI Uniform Crime Report stated that 1,166,824 arrests for driving under the influence in this country occurred in 2013.
Save a Life – Report a Drunk Driver
If you suspect someone is driving drunk, call 911 immediately. Give the exact location of the vehicle and the direction in which it is traveling, as well as a complete description of the vehicle. By reporting a suspected drunk driver, you could be saving a life.
If you are planning a night out, the best way to prevent drunk driving is to designate a driver who will not be drinking. If you find yourself without a sober ride, call a friend or family member for a ride, or if no one is available, a taxi or Uber. Remember, friends don’t let friends drive drunk, act responsibly, and keep the roads safe and free from drunk drivers.
Hurt in a crash? Call a personal injury lawyer at Fellerman & Ciarimboli
For those of us with children, the horrific truck limo crash that took the lives of the four young women in New York hits close to home as we realize the life-changing grief that is facing the parents of those young women. Tragedies like this crash happen all too often at the hands of drunk drivers.
At Fellerman & Ciarimboli, we fight for justice for the victims of drunk-driving crashes and other crashes. For a free lawyer consultation, call our Philadelphia accident attorneys at 215-575-9237 or our Wilkes-Barre crash attorneys at 570-714-HURT. We are committed to putting our knowledge, experience, and resources to work for you today.
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