The effects of alcohol are well-known. It slows reaction time, makes people inattentive, distracted, and causes them to engage in risky behavior. Although the dangers of driving after having several drinks are well-documented and publicized, people still continue to do it. Today, a North Carolina woman is fighting for her life after suffering a serious injury when she was struck by a car driven by a man believed to be under the influence.
Each year, more and more people die from drunk driving-related accidents, and other types of preventable auto accidents. Teenagers make up a large amount of those who are killed or injured.
We have heard the message countless times here in Fayetteville: Drunk driving is extremely dangerous. Yet, drunk driving accidents continue to take the lives of hundreds of people throughout the country every year.
Newly released statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reveal that about 3 percent of truck drivers were intoxicated at the time of a fatal crash during 2010.
One of the most dangerous mistakes a motorist can make is to drive drunk on our Fayetteville, North Carolina, roads. Motorists may certainly put themselves in danger by driving impaired and they may end up facing harsh legal consequences. But all too often, innocent victims are the ones who end up suffering the most serious consequences of all after a drunk driving accident.
Sometimes drivers make mistakes on our Fayetteville roads. Maybe a driver failed to judge how quickly another vehicle ahead was stopping and rear-ended the car. Maybe a driver thought that he or she could safely drive at the posted speed limit on a wet road and crashed into a ditch.
Last month on our Fayetteville, North Carolina, personal injury law blog, we discussed a tragic accident involving two teens from Millbrook High School in Raleigh. Prior to the accident, witnesses reported that the students were at a party where the teen driver of the vehicle had been drinking. While driving home from the party, the teen driver lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a tree. He was treated for his injuries at a local hospital, but the passenger in his vehicle was killed.
Any accident in Fayetteville, North Carolina, can potentially result in injury or death. But drunk driving accidents are especially dangerous because intoxicated drivers tend to make serious mistakes that most sober drivers would never make.
Last week, the Raleigh community was devastated to learn that a student from Millbrook High School was killed in an alleged drunk driving accident. She was a passenger in a vehicle that was being driven by a friend who was later charged for causing the fatal crash.
Motor vehicle accidents are a daily occurrence on our Fayetteville roads and often result in minor damages. Individuals involved in the typical fender bender are able to quickly exchange insurance information and continue on to their destinations. Unfortunately, accidents involving drunk drivers often result in serious injuries and can change the lives of many in just the course of one day.