There’s an old saying that goes, you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. But what about young pups? What kind of tricks are we, as adults, teaching our teenagers about drinking and driving? It is every parent’s dream to see their child grow up and be successful. Unfortunately, we know that isn’t always the case. When teens learn how to drive, it is as if every parent holds their breath the first time their child leaves the driveway without them. And rightly so, because DUIs in Pittsburgh are a continuous top safety issue. From teenagers to the elderly, people drive drunk and can get injured at any age. If you or a loved one was injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver, contact our professional attorneys at SMT Legal.
Look at the Statistics
Although teenagers are known for their loud and rambunctious behavior, some take more risks than others. According to Team DUI, a Pennsylvania DUI Association, in 2019, 14% of driver fatalities were teens from 16-20. Thankfully this number has decreased from 29% in 2018. However, the age group most at risk now is 21-25. Driving is a privilege, and those new to drinking are prone to take advantage of it. Someone’s one decision can alter another person’s whole future for the worse. DUI accidents range in severity from swerving into other lanes, running stop signs, running stoplights, driving the wrong way down a road, driving too fast, or failing to stop in time. There are so many ways a driver can cause an accident sober; adding alcohol increases it tenfold.
Team DUI has also shown that 69% of crashes occurred during the house of darkness and on weekends. With the time change and as we head into the dark winter months, the road conditions are worse and can increase accidents. Despite it being summer or winter, people’s behaviors are the same. People are still choosing to drink and get behind the wheel. Unfortunately, there is only so much a person can do to prevent someone from drinking and driving. Our professional attorneys know that no one plans on getting into an accident, but it happens. The most common accidents we see are
- Spinal cord injuries with paralysis
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Broken or dislocated bones
- Internal organ damage or internal bleeding
- Severe lacerations or puncture wounds
- Neck or back injuries
What We Can Do For You
Our job as your attorney is to make sure that you are getting the appropriate compensation for your injuries. We are here to make this traumatic journey less stressful and more bearable. We are experienced in getting full compensation for medical bills, any lost income while recovering, pain and suffering damages, loss of personal enjoyment, and property damage expenses. Let us do the organizing and negotiating while you do the healing. We are here, ready for you. Don’t wait too long to call. You can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 1-888-976-2529.