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We do not have all of the 2018 numbers in yet from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. We already know they are going to tell us that there were far too many traffic crash injuries and fatalities due to alcohol-impaired drivers. It seems like we are playing a broken record year after year.
What is the solution to getting people to stop drinking and driving in Pennsylvania? Do we follow Utah’s path and lower the blood alcohol content to .05%?
Do we encourage law enforcement to make more DUI stops?
At Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman, we know that far too many families have been affected by drunk drivers. When you need a Pittsburgh DUI accident attorney, you can count on our team to be by your side, working to recover the compensation you deserve.
The Tragedy Of Alcohol-Involved Incidents
For the latest reporting year in Pennsylvania, there were 10,346 alcohol-related crashes and these resulted in 293 fatalities. In fact, these crashes were the cause of 26% of all traffic fatalities for 2017.
We need to look at how many injuries there were to get a complete picture of how much-impaired driving affects the people in Pennsylvania. Over 6,500 people were injured in 2017 and many of those injuries were severe. It is not uncommon for us to handle the following types of injuries as a result of alcohol-related crashes:
- Spinal cord trauma
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Major lacerations or amputations
- Broken and dislocated bones
- Crush injuries
The medical costs associated with these injuries can add up quickly, as can other accident-related costs (lost wages, home accommodations, rehabilitation, etc.). Will your insurance cover all of these expenses?
If you have to miss work for an extended period of time, how will you support yourself and your family?
Minors And Alcohol
The Pennsylvania DOT tells us that there is a rising concern of minors drinking and driving. There is zero tolerance for anyone under the age of 21 having alcohol in their system and operating a motor vehicle. Pennsylvania has dram shop and liquor laws that make it possible to pursue civil cases against those who supply minors with alcohol if that minor then causes injuries or fatalities.
What Happens Now?
Law enforcement officers continue to crack down on drunk drivers, but they cannot catch every single person. There are going to be irresponsible drivers who cause people harm on a daily basis.
If you or a loved one have been injured due to the negligent actions of a drunk driver, seek legal assistance now. At Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman, you can count on our team to work tirelessly to secure the compensation you deserve in the aftermath of an accident. This includes ensuring that your medical bills are paid, you get coverage for lost wages, and your pain and suffering are recognized.
If you need a Pittsburgh DUI accident attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 888-98-TWINS(89467).