Thanksgiving DUI Checkpoints Highlight Dangers

Posted By: SSF Law Firm
Posted In:Car Accident
Posted On: November 30 , 2018

Each year for the holidays, state police set up checkpoints throughout the state, including right here in the Pittsburgh area. From Nov. 21-25, officers work to crack down on those who make the choice to drink and drive.

This year in our area, 198 vehicles were stopped at checkpoints. This netted nine DUI arrests and six drug arrests.

This time of year, the dangers of drunk driving are talked about at length. At Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman, we agree that impaired drivers are a major problem for motorists and anyone near the roadway. We also know that there is a myriad of dangers that drivers face each day, regardless of the time of year.

Do you know where to turn if you are injured in a vehicle crash that was caused by another person’s negligent actions?

When you need a car accident attorney in Pittsburgh PA, you can turn to our knowledgeable and experienced team. They will work tirelessly to secure the compensation you deserve in the aftermath of an accident.

The Dangers

Did you know that there was 128,188 traffic crashed reported to the Pennsylvania DOT during the latest reporting year? Out of those:

  • 1,137 people were killed
  • 80,612 people were injured

When you are injured in a vehicle crash, the first priority is to seek medical attention. It is the aftermath of a crash, when things settle when more problems start to roll in.

Medical bills, even for minor injuries, can become costly. If an accident victim needs long-term care, the costs can rise into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Will your insurance cover these expenses?

What if you are hurt and unable to work? Will you be able to afford household bills?

Why They Happen

The state DOT says car crashes involve three elements: the driver, the roadway, and the vehicle. They say that 85-90% of all traffic crashes involve some sort of driver error.

When the tally came in for the latest year, these were the top five driver errors for the state:

  1. Speeding
  2. Distracted driver
  3. Improper turn
  4. Drunk driver
  5. Proceeding without clearance

The report also states that younger drivers (aged 16-21) were more prone to reckless driving, likely due to inexperience and peer pressure.

Regardless of how a negligent driver causes an accident, they should be held accountable for their actions.

What You Can Do

Do not hesitate to contact legal help if another person has caused you to harm due to their negligent driving behavior. At Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman, our attorneys know how to approach these situations. Let us handle insurance companies and other parties involved.

We want to make sure you get the compensation you deserve so you can focus on healing. We know that there are more than medical costs as a result of a vehicle accident. If your injuries keep you from working, the lost income can impact you and your family.

When you need a Pittsburgh car accident attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 888-98-TWINS(89467).

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