Drunk driving is a serious crime here in Pennsylvania. It can result in hefty fines, loss of license, and even jail time. But when you get into an accident with a drunk driver, the results can be catastrophic for all involved. You could be facing financial debt, years of pain and suffering, and possible loss of your job.
If you get into a drunk driving accident, do you know your legal rights?
That’s why the Philadelphia, Wilkes-Barre, and Scranton drunk driving accident lawyers at Fellerman & Ciarimboli are here to help. We will help you get your life back and make sure the responsible parties are held accountable for their actions. We are prepared to fight for your rights and make sure you are appropriately compensated for your injuries.
Drunk Driving Accidents: What You Need to Know
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, almost 30 people every day in the U.S. lose their lives in drunk driving crashes. It claims more than 10,000 lives every year and costs Americans $44 billion every year. In 2017, drunk driving accidents took the lives of 10,874 people which adds up to 29 percent of the motor vehicle traffic fatalities that year.
In Pennsylvania, drunk driving accidents remain a top safety issue in the state. In 2017, alcohol-related crashes had increased to 10,346 from 2016 numbers. Drunk driving accident fatalities did decrease over 2016, yet still accounted for 26 percent of the total traffic deaths in 2017.
The Effects of Drinking and Driving
What causes people to drink and drive, knowing they’re putting their lives and others at risk? The reasons vary — from not realizing how intoxicated the driver is to the driver believing he/she can make it home without an issue.
But even a couple of drinks can affect your driving ability in various ways:
- It slows your reaction time, taking longer for your brain to process information and prevent an accident from occurring.
- Your motor skills, such as eye, hand and foot coordination, is affected, making it difficult to drive.
- Your concentration and vision decrease.
- Your judgment skills can be lacking, making it difficult to make the right decisions.