Time and again we are reminded about the dangers of drinking and driving, but unfortunately alcohol remains a factor in many fatal accidents. There is no reason that anyone should ever get behind the wheel after drinking, and accidents as a result of drinking and driving are always preventable.
Fox News recently reported that a Kenosha County crash took the lives of two people and left one in critical condition. The crash occurred near Highway 83 and Highway 50 in the 34500 block of the westbound lanes of Highway 50. A pickup truck was traveling east in the westbound lanes of traffic and then struck a westbound car head-on. The driver of the car suffered serious injuries and was transported to the local hospital where he later passed away. The passenger of the car died at the scene. The driver of the truck remains in critical condition.
According to the Kenosha County Sheriff’s department, alcohol is believed to have been a factor. The department received several 911 calls that alerted them of this pickup truck driving the wrong way. Unfortunately, they were too late to prevent this crash. The pickup truck driver will be facing an Operating While Intoxicated charge and a traffic citation for driving the wrong way on a divided highway.
Driving while under the influence of alcohol comes with serious penalties under the law and needlessly endangers the lives of others on the road, but these accidents continue to happen much too frequently. In 2012 alone, 10,322 people were killed in crashes involving alcohol in the United States, according to the National Safety Council. To get an idea of how frequent this is, every day in the United States about 30 people die in motor vehicle accidents involving an impaired driver, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This is one death every 51 minutes.
As we approach the holiday season, it is imperative that individuals take safety steps to prevent alcohol related accidents. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advise that when social plans will involve alcohol to have a plan so that no one is driving after drinking alcohol. Before drinking, designate a driver who will remain sober. Never let any of your friends drive who have been drinking, and take away their keys. If you yourself have been drinking, ask for a ride home, or call for a taxi. If you are the host of a party, be sure to remind your guests to plan ahead and have a designated driver. Also offer non-alcoholic drinks, and make sure your guests only leave with a sober driver.
Our lawyers empathize with the families of these victims and with all who have lost a loved one due to a drunk driver. Where a death has been caused by the fault of another person, such as drunk driving, the family of the victim may have a claim for a wrongful death lawsuit. We understand that the unexpected loss of a loved one is a very hard time for families and the legal system can be complex and difficult to navigate on top of your stress and suffering from recent events. Our law firm has been in operation for over 20 years, and our lawyers have years of experience handling all types of personal injury lawsuits, including those involving motor vehicle accidents and wrongful death. If you call our office, we would be happy to sit down with you in a free consultation and talk about how we may be able to help you obtain the compensation and justice that you deserve.