With the holiday season in full swing, many New Yorkers are spending time with their family and friends and numerous visitors have entered the state. Many social gatherings that they will attend over the next two weeks, whether they occur in private residences or in public spaces, will have alcohol present. Unfortunately, there will be individuals who will choose to drink and drive. As this month is National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month, it seems fitting to talk about the seriousness of driving while impaired.
When you think about impaired driving, you think about people driving after drinking alcohol. Unfortunately, driving under the influence of drugs is also a big issue in New York. If you were struck by a person who was operating a vehicle while high on illegal or prescription drugs, you may have legal recourse.
Some individuals driving on the Long Island Expressway the evening of Tuesday, July 10 had the unfortunate opportunity of witnessing and personally being affected by the actions of a man who chose to operate a large piece of construction equipment on the road while allegedly under the influence. Several cars were damaged and three people were injured as the crane driver hit car after car, seemingly unaware of what he was doing. New York police were eventually able to get the drunk driver to stop and took him into custody.
April 13 was just another average Friday in Brooklyn. Everything came crashing down for eight people, though, when a drunk driver caused a multi-vehicle accident -- injuring car occupants and pedestrians. In New York and elsewhere, drunk driving is negligent driving and also a significant criminal offense. As such, the victims of this crash may pursue compensation for their losses through legal means.
At the end of March, police in New York were called to the scene of a fatal crash. This incident occurred on the Long Island Expressway and involved a total of four automobiles. One person was killed in the wreck and eight others -- including the driver responsible -- suffered injuries. Authorities believe that impaired driving contributed to this event.
It does not matter how many safety campaigns the state of New York runs; drunk driving is still very much a big issue here. Drunk driving has led to numerous deaths and injuries over the years. Anyone who has been hit and injured or lost a loved one in an accident with a drunk driver may be entitled to seek compensation for their losses.
Police in New York are in the process of investigating a crash that injured seven people. This incident occurred in the early morning hours of Friday, Feb. 9. Authorities believe a drunk driver is responsible for the incident.
A police officer in New York is facing criminal charges for the death of one of his co-workers. The two were driving home from the shooting range when they were involved in a single-vehicle car accident. Law enforcement officials believe that drunk driving contributed to this tragic event.
A New York teenager recently lost his life in a single-vehicle accident the day after Christmas. Impaired driving is thought responsible for the collision. If negligence can be established against the driver, the victim's surviving family members may be able to successfully pursue compensation for their losses.
How many people get one or a few drinks in their system and then get behind the wheel of a car? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is well over 100 million people a year. With so many people making this decision, it is amazing that more people in New York and elsewhere are not injured or killed in drunk driving-related incidents.