Alcohol Impairment, a Major Cause of Fatal Road Crashes

Posted by on Jun 20, 2017 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2012, more than 29 million people admitted that they were, at various times, alcohol-impaired while they drove their vehicle. In 2013, an estimated 1.2 million drivers were arrested and charged with driving under the influence or DUI, a serious traffic violation in all U.S. states.

According to the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration (NHTSA), about five million motor vehicle accidents occur every year. More than two million of these accidents result to injuries, while about 10,000 are fatal. In 2013 and 2014 particularly, the numbers of deaths were 10,076 and 9,967, respectively.

The CDC also states that 31% (almost one-third) of all fatal motor vehicle accidents in the U.S. involve an alcohol-impaired driver. To some drivers, alcohol-impairment occurs even after consuming two regular bottles of beer – this will result to a 0.02% blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level. The probable effects of a 0.02% BAC on a driver can include reduced visual functions and decline in ability to perform two tasks simultaneously. At 0.05% BAC level, probable effects can include reduced coordination, reduced ability to respond to emergency driving situations, and impaired judgment and lowered alertness. A 0.08% BAC level, which is the limit determined for drivers of passenger vehicles (cars, SUVs, pick-ups), can result to poor muscle coordination, and impaired judgment, self-control, reasoning, and memory; detecting danger also becomes harder.

Time and again, it has been proven that alcohol weakens an individual’s motor skills and mental capacity, rendering him/her less able to control his/her vehicle. This lesser ability means higher risk of accident which may injure or kill someone else – the basic reason why drunk driving is considered a major traffic offense. But what is really maddening about drunk driving, especially those that lead to accidents, is that these are totally preventable occurrences.

According to Philadelphia injury attorneys of Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC, like most states, Pennsylvania has little tolerance for intoxicated driving. It is hard to find a greater indication of negligence than driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Countless fatalities have been caused by drunken drivers, warranting a state-wide implied consent law. Luckily, this hard chemical evidence in drunk driving cases has been instrumental in helping juries and prosecutors prove beyond a reasonable doubt whether or not a person was driving while intoxicated.

Drunk driving attorneys understand how painful and infuriating it is to be a victim of a drunk driver’s negligence. These accidents are often life-altering and take a large physical and emotional toll on injured parties. With legal assistance from seasoned car accident or personal injury lawyers, victims may be able to mount a case that will hold the appropriate party responsible for the injuries they have caused. Medical bills, property damage, and unearned wages can unjustly send victims into financial ruin during their recovery time. Fighting for restitution for your losses, therefor, so you can properly heal from this accident free of financial burden, may be necessary.

 

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Why Defective Seatbelts are Dangerous

Posted by on Jun 7, 2017 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

Your seatbelt can be the difference between life and death, and that is why it is one of the most important vehicle parts that need to function well. But sadly, not all seatbelts do well in the only job they are required to do. In fact, some are just outright defective and unusable.
It is a good thing that the website of these Chicago personal injury lawyers acknowledges this as a legitimate legal matter. According to it, those who have been hurt because of a dangerous product, may it be a seatbelt or not, may pursue legal action to make the product’s maker accountable.
In the case of seatbelts, that product maker is most likely the car manufacturer itself. The fact that these manufacturers can be legally liable for their error or negligence is a good way to avoid seatbelt defects that may come from manufacturing, such as the use of poor materials or incompetent manufacturing techniques.

Dangers

But what exactly are these defects, and how dangerous can they be? Most of these defects are regarding the seatbelt’s restraining power, such as the following:

  • Inadequate Latching – Seatbelts should properly latch to ensure that they can actually restrain drivers when an accident occurs. Many seatbelts that latch inadequately result into drivers getting ejected or hitting hard objects inside the vehicle.
  • Loose Restraining – Even if the seatbelts can restrain you through adequate latching, you may still be vulnerable to injuries if the restrain is too loose. You still have a chance to be ejected or crash into a hard surface inside your car.
  • Strict Restraining – The way you are restrained should not be too loose or too tight. If you are too strictly restrained, you may damage your chest area, especially your ribs, if an accident occurs, not to mention that an accident may be more likely to occur because the tight seatbelt can prevent you from moving properly.
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