Drunk driving crashes are devastating. The driver might have been asleep behind the wheel, failed to react to vehicles slowing down ahead or traffic signals telling them to stop. The driver might have suddenly swerved into the other lane or may have missed a stop sign and entered into a busy intersection.
Drunk driving accidents wouldn't happen in a perfect world, but they unfortunately do happen all the time in Connecticut. From someone making the mistake of driving home after a night at the bar to a teen who takes drugs and thinks that they can make it home safely, drunk driving crashes are significant problems that have to be handled appropriately.
Every year in Connecticut and across the U.S., an average of 11,000 people die in crashes relating to drunk driving, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. By contrast, about 500 people die in crashes relating to phone use behind the wheel. For a century now, drunk and drugged driving has been the number one cause of car accident fatalities in this country. Technology is slowly doing something about this.
Being involved in a car accident is traumatizing even after the victims are discharged from the hospital, as they have to come to terms with their physical, emotional and financial losses. Oftentimes, the physical injuries heal, but leave behind overwhelming medical bills and emotional scars that take longer to heal.
When Connecticut residents are injured by a drunk driver, it is important for them to have the knowledge of how the legal process can help them with the injuries, damages and harm they have suffered. A drunk driver may be subject to criminal penalties associated with a drunk driving accident, but may also be accountable to victims for the injuries and harm they suffer through the civil process.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that 88,000 people die annually due to alcohol use. This number is greater than fatal overdoses of all drugs combined. According to some, this issue is being obscured due to the nation's current focus on opioid use. Despite this, Connecticut's rate of alcohol use has remained relatively steady since the early 2000s.
Summer is a prime season for celebrations across Connecticut. Starting with Memorial Day, leading up to the Fourth of July and ending with Labor Day, not to mention graduation parties and weddings, it may seem like there is always a reason to throw a party during the summer months. Many people at parties will drink alcohol as part of the celebration. Unfortunately, this also means many people will make the irresponsible and dangerous decision to drive drunk.
Winter weather conditions and the holiday season can always be a dangerous combination on Connecticut roadways. People are frequently rushing back and forth in general. When the weather is poor and roads are icy and wet, it adds a layer of risk. Then the number of holiday parties people attend with family, friends and at work can lead to many drivers making the unwise decision to get behind the wheel after drinking alcohol. When there is an auto accident and it is due to a drunk driver, it is imperative for those who were impacted to determine whether they have the right to seek compensation through a legal filing.
Encountering a drunk driver is something that happens all too frequently to motorists and pedestrians in Connecticut. Being hit by a drunk driver was once believed to have been almost exclusively due to the use of alcohol on that driver's part. However, in recent years drugged driving is adding a new layer of risk of being in a crash. Regardless of how the person became impaired, it is universal that they should not get behind the wheel. Unfortunately, many drivers do operate their vehicles while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and this causes many accidents with injuries and fatalities.
Connecticut roads have become increasingly dangerous for drivers and especially for pedestrians. With the number of drivers who are distracted, reckless and engage in risky behaviors behind the wheel, there are many accidents that would otherwise not happen if the driver was taking caution. An issue that remains problematic in this generation but has largely been pushed to the side with the other, above-mentioned dangers on the road is an accident caused by a drunk driver. Drivers who get behind the wheel under the influence of alcohol or drugs pose a major threat. This is worse when they hit a pedestrian and a child.