We have known for a long time that drivers who operate while under the influence of alcohol are extremely dangerous for those on the roadway around them, from passengers in other vehicles to motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians.
We also know that driving distracted can have deadly consequences. As technology moves into our lives more and more, we are seeing a rise in the incidents of distracted drivers causing serious injuries and fatalities.
Do you know where to turn if you or a loved one have been hurt in an accident with a drunk or distracted driver?
At the SMA Law Group, we will be by your side, fighting to get the compensation you deserve. When you need a Pittsburgh car accident attorney, contact us today.
There are few things more dangerous on the roadway than a driver who is impaired or sending a text message. We want to bring you a few statistics.
The latest report for the state of Pennsylvania shows us some grim numbers. In 2017, crashes due to impaired drivers increased to 10,346 incidents. Unfortunately, the rate of those under 21 drinking and driving has increased as well.
- 6,565 alcohol-related injuries
- 293 alcohol-related deaths
Overall, alcohol-related fatalities accounted for 26 percent of all traffic-related fatalities in the state for 2017.
Drunk drivers are a danger, but they may not be the only ones responsible. Dram shop and liquor laws in Pennsylvania mean that those who continue to serve a visibly intoxicated person can be held liable for damages and injuries as well. This can include bartenders and serves at restaurants. Penalties are especially stiff for those who serve minors alcohol.
Distracted driving is not new, but it is becoming more of a problem as technology reaches into every part of our lives. Plenty of laws have been passed to prevent people from texting or watching videos while driving, but they have not proven to be much of a deterrent.
How many times have you been driving next to someone who looks at their phone screen more than they do the roadway?
In 2017, law enforcement officers issued over 5,000 citations for texting and driving or using a cell phone while driving.
Distracted drivers can be just as deadly as drunk drivers.
What Are Your Options?
Do not wait to seek legal assistance if you or a loved one have been injured in an accident with a drunk or distracted driver. Insurance companies will attempt a quick resolution to the case, but that may not benefit you. At the SMA Law Group, we want to make sure you have enough compensation for all of your accident-related expenses. This can include money for all of your medical expenses, coverage of lost income if your injuries keep you from working, as well as pain and suffering damages. If you need a Pittsburgh car accident attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 412-765-3345.