A 21-year-old motor vehicle driver has been charged with a number of offenses, including homicide by vehicle, due to his role is a recent fatal semi truck accident. In an article posted by LehighValleyLive.com, the driver was traveling the wrong way down an interstate when he collided with an oncoming commercial vehicle — despite maneuvers by the semi truck to avoid the passenger vehicle. The collision caused the motor vehicle’s passenger to be ejected from the vehicle and resulted in his premature death.
During the investigative process, it was discovered that the driver of the vehicle had a blood alcohol content of 0.25 – more than three times the legal limit to operate a vehicle. The other charges filed against the driver include: homicide by vehicle while intoxicated, drunken driving, involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment, reckless driving, in addition to, driving the wrong way.
Any time a vehicle is operated by an alcohol-impaired driver, the risk for motor vehicle accidents involving injury or even death substantially increases. Every day, at least 30 fatalities results from motor vehicle accidents in the United States due to an alcohol-impaired driver. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2009 over 10,800 people were killed in accidents involving an alcohol-impaired driver. Drunk driving accidents account for nearly 1/3 of all traffic related fatalities in the United States.
In order to prevent the devastating loss that results each year from collisions caused by alcohol-impaired drivers, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that:
– Law enforcement actively enforce existing legal limits for driving under the influence – Zero tolerance for drivers under the age of 21 operating intoxicated – Using sobriety checkpoints – Encourage community based approaches to alcohol control and DUI prevention – Require DUI offenders mandatory substance abuse assessment and treatment options
Our Chicago truck accident attorneys strongly urge our readers to avoid driving under the influence. Alcohol-related accidents are severe and life-altering … especially when a large commercial vehicle is involved. Semi trucks are capable of doing immense damage in a collision – whether through the fault of the semi truck driver or even a passenger vehicle driver. Not only can an injury or fatality result from these types of accidents, but as the previously mentioned article highlights, drivers may be subjected criminal or civil charges.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an alcohol-related accident, please contact a Chicago personal injury lawyer to see what legal rights and relief may be available to you.