According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there is an increase in the number of parties during the holidays, which in turn increases the number of driving under the influence (DUI) accidents and fatal drunk driving accidents.
In December 2013, 1,913 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes due to drunk driving and high blood alcohol levels in the United States. Of those 1,913 people, 1,180 were killed in car accidents between December 18 and December 31, 2013.
Pennsylvania, One of the Top States for Fatal Drunk Driving Accidents
In 2014, a total of 32,675 people died in car accidents in the United States. Of those 32,675 people, 9,967 deaths were attributed to drunk driving. According to NHTSA’s data, Pennsylvania was in the top 5 states that had the most traffic deaths and the highest number of deaths attributed to drunk driving.
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Though we all know that it is dangerous for drivers to drink and drive, we all need to remind our friends and family this holiday season of the risks associated with drunk driving. In an effort to bring continued awareness about DUIs, NHTSA is running its national holiday traffic safety campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, from December 16, 2015 through January 1, 2016. Law enforcement will be cracking down on drivers impaired by alcohol, with frequent patrolling and DUI checkpoints.
Buzzed Driving Causes Car Accidents
Some drivers have the misconception that they can drive if they have a couple of drinks. As long as they are not completely intoxicated and their blood alcohol content is below the legal limit, they can get behind the wheel. Unfortunately, studies have shown that no amount of alcohol is safe. Just because a Philadelphia driver’s blood alcohol content is below the legal limit of 0.08% does not mean that he will not cause a car accident.
Studies have shown that drivers who consume a single drink before getting behind the wheel were more likely to get into car crashes than sober drivers. In addition, those accidents were more severe than the crashes involving sober drivers.
Help for Victims of Philadelphia Drunk Driving Accidents
Victims of drunk driving accidents in Philadelphia and other parts of Pennsylvania have legal rights against drunk drivers. They may be able to recover financial compensation for their injuries and pain and suffering. In addition, they may have claims against bars and restaurants which negligently served alcohol. In some instances, social hosts or private individuals may be liable as well. See Social Hosts May Be Liable for Philadelphia DUI Car Accidents Caused by Guests.
Car accident and insurance laws in PA can be very confusing. It is best for Philly car accident victims to consult with an experienced DUI accident and injury lawyer.
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