Fatal Accidents & Drunk Driving

Most people know that driving while intoxicated (DWI) and Driving Under the Influence (DUI) is a bad idea, not to mention that it is an illegal activity. Drunk driving can lead to an arrest, a fine, jail time, and worst of all, an accident which causes personal injuries or even death.

Sadly, there is an alarming number of fatal accidents which result directly from drunk driving in Pennsylvania, and too many innocent drivers in Bucks County are killed each year because of drunk drivers. You not only endanger yourself by driving drunk, but you endanger your passengers as well as everyone else on Bucks County roads, including other drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians.

Alcohol is a drug, and like many other drugs, it is a depressant which impairs those who drink it. Drinking an excessive amount and getting drunk effects your motor skills, including:

  1. depth perception,
  2. vision, and 
  3. reflexes.

All of these processes need to work normally in order to operate a car, or any other vehicle. When a person is intoxicated and driving a car:

  • it is difficult to focus;
  • the lines on the road are harder to make out,
  • it is difficult to judge how far other cars or even solid objects are from the car, and
  • since the reflexes are slowed, it is difficult to stop in time, let alone stop short.

Without the ability to judge distance or stop in time, fatal accidents in Bucks County can occur as a result of drinking and driving. It is common for a drunk driver to drive in opposite lanes of traffic or to drive too fast, which can cause an accident with another vehicle. The drunk driver may not notice a person riding a bike or walking on the side of the road, and if they do, may not be able to stop before striking the person. These types of pedestrian and bicycle accidents in Bucks County are often fatal.

A driver with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .10 (the legal limit in Pennsylvania is .08) is seven times more likely to be involved in a fatal accident.

If someone is driving with a BAC of .15, the risk multiplies; that person is 25 times more likely to be involved in a fatal accident.

If you are planning to drink in Bucks County, always designate a driver, or call a cab or a sober friend to drive you home. Buzzed driving is drunk driving; you may feel like you can drive, but that is only endangering the lives of other Bucks County drivers.

If a loved one was fatally injured as the result of a drunk driving accident, contact the Bucks County personal injury lawyers at Cordisco & Saile LLC. Contact our office for a FREE consultation and download a FREE copy of our PA Car Accident Book for even more personal injury information.

Categorized: DUI