Even though the police ask that people don't drink and drive over the busy holiday weekends, the truth is that many people still do. Driving while intoxicated can lead to crashes, injuries and deaths, which is why the authorities work hard to stop drunk drivers before they hurt anyone.
If you're planning to enjoy the Fourth of July weekend with family or are spending a few weeks away on vacation for the summer, now is a good time to talk about drinking and driving. During holidays and in vacation areas, you're more likely to see people drinking and deciding to get behind the wheel, even though they know it's unsafe. Unfortunately, those decisions could end up causing serious injuries or deaths.
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.