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Over the past 40 years, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has conducted five National Roadside Surveys in order to better understand the problems of drunk driving. The most recent survey has been released and shows that while significant progress has been made in reducing drunk driving, there has been a major increase in the risk of drugged driving.

Motorists need to be aware of the biggest risks on the road when it comes to impaired driving. If someone is behind the wheel who has used either prescription or non-prescription drugs, that person can be held accountable for causing a collision. An Atlanta drunk driving accident lawyer can provide assistance to victims or surviving family members in pursuing a damage claim after a drunk driving crash occurs. weed-742772-m

Risks of Drugged Driving Collisions in Atlanta

The NHTSA study works by conducting a survey on the side of the road. Drivers are given a test that determines if they are on drugs or drunk at the time they are behind the wheel. The survey is voluntary and there are signs warning motorists that the survey site is ahead.  The data is collected anonymously and those who are drunk or on drugs are not arrested if they are considered impaired but instead are offered rides home.

The first of the surveys was conducted in 1973, and the most recent survey before the 2015 release was in 2007.

Since the 2007 survey, the number of drivers who tested positive for having alcohol in their system declined by around 1/3.  Since the first survey in 1973, there has been an 80 percent decline in the number of people who are drunk. The significant reduction in drunk drivers shows the success of groups like Mothers Against Drunk Driving and of campaigns like “Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk.” The majority of people are aware of the dangers of drunk driving and the behavior has become socially taboo. The laws have also become much stricter on preventing impaired driving.   This helps to explain why only around eight percent of drivers on weekend nighttime hours had alcohol in their systems and only around one percent were at or over the legal limit.

Unfortunately, even as the number of drunk drivers has declined, the number of drugged drivers has increased.  In the most recent survey that was conducted in 2014 and released in 2015, almost one driver out of every four tested positive for at least one drug that could affect the ability to safely operate a vehicle.  This is a significant increase from 2007. In 2007, around 16.3 percent of the drivers who participated in the survey had evidence of drugs in their system and now around 20 percent do.  Marijuana, in particular, was much more common and there was nearly a 50 percent increase in the number of drivers with marijuana in their bodies.

Drivers need to know that operating a vehicle on drugs can be just as dangerous as driving drunk. A motorist who is impaired by drugs can be arrested, and can also be found liable in a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit if he causes a car crash while driving under the influence.

The Atlanta car accident lawyers at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. can represent you after an injury caused by a drunk driver. Call today at (404) 814-8949 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation. 

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Each year, the Advocates for Highway & Auto Safety release a Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws.  This roadmap gives each state a ranking of either red, yellow or green based on how well the state has done in passing laws to protect motorists. Red means poor performance; yellow means moderately positive performance with room for improvement, and green means that the state has shown “significant advancement” towards implementing recommended highway safety laws. law books

The state of Georgia received a “yellow” ranking this year.  Georgia got credit for having 10 important safety laws out of 15 total recommended regulations.  While the state wasn’t the worst in terms of protecting motorists, its yellow ranking means there is lots of room to improve. Georgia lawmakers should consider passing legislation that addresses deficiencies in safety rules, while drivers need to be aware of what behaviors are considered risky and should do everything they can to avoid those actions.  If a driver does something unsafe, regardless of whether it is against the law or not, an Atlanta car accident lawyer can help those who are hurt in the crash to pursue legal action against that motorist.

How Could Georgia Do Better to Prevent Collisions?

The state of Georgia had 1,179 fatalities over the course of 2013 and has had a total of 14,315 car accident deaths over the past 10 years. The annual economic cost due to motor vehicle collisions in the state reaches $12.485 billion.

Georgia could help to reduce the number of fatalities and injuries that occur in car crashes by implementing recommended laws including:

  • Primary enforcement of rear seatbelt laws: This would allow police to pull over and cite motorists if passengers in the back seats did not have a seatbelt on. There is already a primary enforcement seat belt law allowing police to issue tickets if drivers in the front aren’t belted.
  • Graduated driver’s license laws. Graduated driver’s license rules aim to reduce teen collisions by gradually giving young people more freedom to drive. Georgia does not currently impose a minimum age of 16 for a new driver to get a learner’s permit. The state also does not have adequate restrictions on the number of passengers that can ride in the car with new teen drivers, nor does it have sufficient restrictions on nighttime driving for new teen drivers.
  • Ignition interlock device for all offenders. An ignition interlock requires a driver convicted of drunk driving to blow into a breath test installed in his vehicle before the car will start.

Georgia has already implemented a lot of the recommended safety rules including requiring all motorcyclists to wear helmets, and limiting the use of cell phones and handheld electronic devices for motorists. However, the Advocates for Highway & Auto Safety believe that implementing these additional recommendations could make a big difference in helping to bring down the death toll in the state.

Regardless of the laws, however, teens have a responsibility to make sure they drive safely and don’t get into situations that could cause a collision risk, while all motorists should refrain from impaired driving and ensure that every passenger in the car is buckled in.

The Atlanta car accident lawyers at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. can represent you after an injury in a motor vehicle crash. Call today at (404) 814-8949 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation.

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Speeding is undeniably one of the major causes of motor vehicle collisions within the United States.  Once a car is going above 15 miles per hour, even relatively minor changes in how fast the vehicle is going will make a big impact on whether a crash is fatal or not. For example, if a pedestrian is struck by a car that is going 23 MPH, there is a 10 percent chance the pedestrian will die. If that car is going just 32 MPH, the risk goes up to a 25 percent chance the impact will be fatal. filthy-speed-limit-877270-m

Despite the fact that speed limits have a big impact on how dangerous the roads are, the process for setting speed limits is not very scientific and is not necessarily tailored to achieve optimum safety. explains how speed limits are set… and why the rules aren’t good enough to reduce the number of deadly crashes due to speeding drivers.

Of course, drivers need to be aware that it is ultimately their responsibility to make safe choices, regardless of what the speed limit is. If the road conditions are poor and it is not safe to drive the limit, motorists need to slow down. if they don’t, victims could pursue legal action to obtain compensation if a crash occurs. An Atlanta car accident lawyer can help those who have been harmed to determine if a speeding driver was to blame.

Speed Limit Laws Aren’t Protecting Motorists from Atlanta Crashes

Speed limit laws are not set by using careful calculations. Instead, the majority of speed limits are set in a very surprising way.

The process begins with traffic engineers conducting a study in order to determine the average speed that cars travel when they are moving along a particular road. Based on how fast the cars happen to be going when this study is conducted, the speed limit is set at the 85th percentile. This means that 15 percent of the motorists would be going above this new limit, and 85 percent of motorists would be traveling under it.  The process of setting speed limits this way is called “rational speed limits,” because the rules are set by how fast drivers feel safe traveling on the road.

Those who argue in favor of this method indicate that speed limits will be obeyed only if people think they are reasonable. Setting them too slow would just create more lawbreakers.

However, studies show that faster limits mean more crashes.  For example, between 1974 and 1987, there was a federal National Maximum Speed Limit Law that set the maximum speed on all interstate highways at 55 MPH.  In 1987, the national maximum was raised to 65. However, in 1995, the national speed limit law was repealed entirely and states all raised the speed they allowed drivers to travel. When the speed limits increased, there was a 3.2 percent nationwide increase in collision deaths. Over 10-years, as many as 12,545 fatalities occurred that wouldn’t have if the limits had remained lower.

These devastating fatalities, and many more injuries and deaths, could be prevented if speed limits were set based on safety rather than the speed at which people want to drive.

The Atlanta car accident lawyers at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. can represent you after an injury in a motor vehicle crash. Call today at (404) 814-8949 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation.

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In January, a driver traveling through suburban Atlanta received a traffic ticket. While moving violations are common and tickets are given out every day, the reason for this citation was surprising enough to the driver that an article about the incident found its way into the New York Times. The reason for the ticket: the driver was eating a cheeseburger while operating his vehicle.  cheeseburger-with-fries-1426236-m

The law enforcement officer who issued the citation told the motorist that he couldn’t “just drive down the road eating a hamburger.”  While the motorist is planning on contesting the ticket because he believes that he does have the right to eat, the fact is that driving while behind the wheel has become a big issue. Eating and driving is a form of distracted driving that is difficult to regulate, but that is undeniably dangerous.

A driver who is focused on his food may not be paying sufficient attention to other cars and people around him. This can significantly increase the risk of a collision. If an eating and driving accident does occur, victims should consult with an Atlanta car accident lawyer for help taking legal action to recover compensation from the motorist who wasn’t paying attention.

Eating and Driving Increases Atlanta Collision Risks

Eating and driving may not get as much attention as cell phones and electronic devices when it comes to trying to address the problem of distracted driving, but studies show that it can be really dangerous to try to consume food behind the wheel.

As the New York Daily News Reports, around 80 percent of all motor vehicle crashes and around 65 percent of “near-miss” collisions involve drivers who are distracted by food rather than paying attention to what is going on around them.

Burgers, like the one the Atlanta driver was consuming when he got his ticket, are one of the worst foods to eat behind the wheel according to a survey of drivers. Other foods that are especially dangerous to consume while driving include:

  • Coffee, even with travel lids on cups
  • Soup
  • Tacos
  • Chili dogs
  • Ribs
  • Wings
  • Fried chicken
  • Jelly doughnuts
  • Soda
  • Chocolate

Despite the high risks that can be associated with eating and driving, this behavior is incredibly common. In fact, when ExxonMobile Corp. surveyed 1,000 drivers about their habits while driving, 83 percent said they drank beverages and 70 percent say that they consume food.

Regulating eating and driving can be a challenge, as drivers who receive citations under state distracted driving laws may contest their tickets like the Atlanta driver is planning to do. It is unclear whether state laws prohibiting reckless driving or distracted driving can be extended to effectively cover people who eat or drink while operating their cars.

Regardless of whether eating and driving is illegal, if a driver who is consuming food isn’t paying attention and causes a crash, victims injured in that collision should be able to recover compensation for losses as long as they can prove the other motorist behaved in an unsafe way. A car accident attorney can provide help making a case.

The Atlanta car accident lawyers at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. can represent you after an injury in a motor vehicle crash. Call today at (404) 814-8949 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation.

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Worries about drugged drivers are increasingly become a concern for many Americans. Insurance News reports that around half of all Americans responding to a new survey from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety expressed concerns about drugged drivers. Survey respondents throughout that “drug-impaired drivers are a bigger problem today compared to three years ago.” marijuana 1

It is likely that many people worry about this issue in part because they don’t understand how the laws work to prevent drugged drivers from endangering others. Drugged driving is not legal, but it can be much more difficult to regulate than drunk driving is. If a drugged driver gets behind the wheel of the car and causes a crash, an Atlanta car accident lawyer can help victims or surviving family members to pursue legal action. States have also passed laws imposing criminal penalties for drugged driving.

Drugged Drivers Raise Atlanta Car Accident Worries

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety indicated that there are significant discrepancies across state laws that make it harder to address the issue of drugged driving as a safety issue.

In 16 states, the law forbids the presence of any prohibited drugs in the system. In five other states, there are limits set for the amount of marijuana that can be in a person’s system before that individual has broken the law.

Discrepancies from one state to the next have left many people confused about what they are actually allowed to do. Unlike the clear .08 blood alcohol concentration limit that exists nationwide, there are different rules for drug use depending upon where a person happens to be at the time he gets behind the wheel. Because of the widespread discrepancies and the lack of standard guidelines, more than 50 percent of Americans do not know what the laws are for drugged driving in their own state.

In addition to not knowing the law, many drivers also do not understand the actual impacts that drug-use can have. Around two-thirds of respondents to the AAA survey said that drunk drivers pose a “very serious” threat to personal safety. Only slightly more than half of the people answering the same question about drug use said that it too was a very serious threat.

As many as one out of every six Americans reported feeling that it would be safe and acceptable for someone to drive an hour after last using marijuana. Scientific data, on the other hand, does not back this up. A person’s driving performance can be affected for as long as three hours after using cannabis products. The driver who has consumed marijuana may experience a number of side-effects impacting driving abilities including sleepiness, deceased handling of the car’s performance, and driver fatigue.

If drivers don’t know what the law is and don’t know how dangerous driving high can be, they are likely to underestimate the risk and even get behind the wheel. Motorists need to be aware of the dangers of drugged driving and clear laws should be passed prohibiting dangerous drugged driving behaviors.

The Atlanta car accident lawyers at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. can represent you after an injury in a motor vehicle crash. Call today at (404) 814-8949 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation.

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For young children throughout Atlanta, car accidents are one of the top causes of fatalities. While kids may lose their lives as passengers in vehicles, they are also at special risk of becoming involved in a fatal pedestrian accident. Recently, the Wall Street Journal took a close look at some of the potential reasons why children are one of the demographic groups most likely to die in pedestrian accidents. children

Drivers need to be aware that children on the roads are especially vulnerable to being hurt or even killed in a car accident. Motorists traveling through school zones or residential areas should be on the lookout for young kids. If a driver is not paying attention or is careless in some way that causes him or her to hit a child, an Atlanta car accident lawyer can represent the young victim and his or her family.

Attention Span Issues Put Kids at Risk of Atlanta Crashes

The Wall Street Journal reports that children age 10 and under “may not have the cognitive resources to notice objects that appear out of the blue.” When a child reaches the age of 11, his cognitive resources change and the young person becomes just as capable of adults at perceiving unexpected things. For young children, however, it is common to fail to recognize objects that appear at times when their attention is focused elsewhere.

The inability to see objects outside of your area of focus is called perceptual blindness or termed inattention. Researchers in Germany decided to test the extent of perceptual blindness in younger children.

A total of 480 school children are included in the German study. Children were asked to view several videos including 30-second scenes showing basketball players. The kids were told that they should only watch the players who had white jerseys on and that they should count the number of passes that these particular players made.

In the third video that the children were asked to watch, a man in a gorilla costume appeared on the basketball court for nine seconds. The man came into the scene from the right of the screen, walked across the basketball court, and left the image off the side of the screen.

After viewing the videos, the children were asked if they spotted anything unusual. A total of 43 percent of the kids said that they observed the gorilla on the basketball court. Older children were more likely to notice the gorilla. For example, 15 percent of kids aged eight noticed the gorilla. A total of 31 percent of nine year olds noticed, and 32 percent of 10-year-olds said that they saw the gorilla. For kids between the ages of 11 and 15, a full half said that they saw the gorilla.

The younger kids did not see the gorilla because their brain attention was not suddenly able to shift. The same phenomenon might put these young children at risk if they are walking somewhere and focused on something else when a car suddenly comes up. The fact that kids experience this perceptual blindness could help to explain why as many as 25 percent of all kids killed in traffic accidents are pedestrians at the time of the incident. Drivers need to be on the lookout for these kids and make sure they are not putting them in jeopardy.

The Atlanta car accident lawyers at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. can represent you after an injury in a motor vehicle crash. Call today at (404) 814-8949 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation.

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Drivers in Atlanta have smarter cars than ever before. While self-driving vehicles remain a novelty and are not available to the public yet, there have been tremendous advances in vehicle technologies designed to make driving easier and more intuitive for motorists. Many advanced safety features that have been introduced are designed to reduce the risk of crashes by taking over tasks from drivers and/or eliminating the potential for human error.  smart-456070-m

While advances in vehicle technologies are a good thing, relying too much on tech features can be dangerous. Technology is not foolproof and it is no substitute for making smart and informed choices behind the wheel.  Drivers are still ultimately responsible for their behavior and for their actions and inaction. If a driver does not do what he is supposed to, victims of the crash can contact an Atlanta motor vehicle accident lawyer to help them pursue legal action for any losses that result.

Safety Technologies Alone Aren’t Enough to Prevent Atlanta Car Accidents

According to AOL Auto, around 69 percent of all vehicles on the market today have blind-spot warning systems as optional add-ons. These technologies alert drivers if there is something in their path that they may not be able to see.  Many cars also have lane departure warning systems that will let drivers know if they have veered out of their own lane or lane-keep systems that help drivers to stay steady in their own lanes.

Although these add-ons and innovative features are supposed to make driving easier and safer, experts are warning motorists that they should not assume the technology will save them from an accident.  The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety recently teamed up with MIT AgeLab to test six of the technologies and see whether they are actually effective at helping to stop crashes.

The study involved the use of cars from various automakers so that different versions of the same kinds of crash-reduction technologies could be tested. The results revealed that some systems were much better than others, but that all had major weaknesses. For example:

  • Most blind spot alert systems had a hard time detecting vehicles that were moving quickly. The systems were especially likely to have problems detecting a car in a blind spot when drivers were merging on to busy highways. This is one of the times when drivers may depend the most on this technology to see if they have a clear path to merge.
  • Blind spot monitoring systems had a difficult time detecting motorcycles.  Motorcycles are detected 26 percent later than passenger cars that were in the blind spot. By the time the motorcycle was detected, the distance between the car and the motorcycle had dropped by around 14 percent.
  • Lane departure warning systems did not work effectively in construction zones, when the weather was bad, or when pavement markers were worn.

This study shows that vehicle detection systems, like most technologies, are far from perfect. Drivers need to remember this and not rely too much on them to prevent crashes from occurring.

The Atlanta car accident lawyers at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. can represent you after an injury in a motor vehicle crash. Call today at (404) 814-8949 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation.

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In the state of Georgia, Peach Pass allows motorists to go through tolls without stopping. Toll passes are intended to increase convenience for motorists and to reduce traffic congestion. However, some states are exploring another possible use for these in-vehicle devices: reducing the risk of car crashes caused by speeding drivers. speeding

Speeding is one of the most dangerous things that a motorist can do on the road. Since 2003, speeding has been a factor in around a third of car accident deaths across the United States. Going too fast plays a role in causing 30 percent of total car crashes, including non-fatal accidents. Drivers who operate their vehicles faster than it is safe for them to do so need to be held accountable. An Atlanta car accident lawyer can help pursue action against speeders on behalf of crash victims, but it is better to stop someone from speeding before an accident happens and lives are changed forever.

Can Toll Passes Help Reduce Atlanta Speeding Accidents

Peach Pass is Georgia’s state-specific version of E-Z pass, which is a toll pass that operates in 15 states. Fox News reports that some states have now begun to use their agreements with E-Z pass to do more than just allow motorists a simple and efficient way to pay highway tolls. These devices are now being used to monitor and even punish speeders.

Three states have pioneered the effort to use toll passes to force drivers to slow down. In Pennsylvania, New York and Maryland, the E-Z pass devices will be suspended if drivers commit multiple speeding violations. The monitoring right now is only occurring as drivers travel through the toll lanes. In Maryland, for example, drivers are allowed to go only 30 miles-per-hour through toll plazas. Any motorists who drive 12 miles-per-hour or more over this limit will have their E-Z pass accounts suspended for 60 days.

Although there is some public outcry over using these toll passes in this manner, there may also be some merit in this idea if it can force drivers to slow down.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that in 2012, around 30 percent of all deadly car accidents on interstate and freeways were speeding related. A total of 1,185 people died in car crashes in interstates and freeways because of drivers going too fast. Highways were the second most common type of road where speeding-related fatalities occurred. The most deaths due to speeding actually happened on minor roads within local cities and towns. In total, there were 10,219 deaths due to speeding over the course of the 2012 year.

Drivers need every reminder they can get to avoid going too fast and endangering motorists on the road. If the E-Z pass program is effective at slowing people down, more states may adopt this approach and Georgia may some day use its Peach Pass to monitor and punish drivers who endanger others due to their excessive speed.

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According to Forbes, drivers become involved in motor vehicle collisions and make insurance claims an average of once every 17.9 years. Car crashes happen to almost everyone at some point in their lives, with some crashes much more serious than others. metal-570770-m

Although car crashes are common, they don’t have to be inevitable. Many crashes are caused by drivers who make careless decisions. If you are the victim of a crash caused by the negligence of another driver, contact an Atlanta car accident lawyer for help taking legal action to recover compensation. If you are the one behind the wheel, be sure that you are making the right choices to avoid hurting yourself or others.

Resolve to Avoid Atlanta Car Accidents This Year

Now that 2015 has arrived, many people are making New Year’s resolutions. This year, consider making a resolution to avoid some of the most dangerous driving behaviors. By making a few simple promises and sticking to them throughout the year, you can significantly reduce the chances of getting into crash. To help stay safe all year long, you should resolve to:

  • Always keep your attention on the road. In the United States, there are nine people killed each day on average in car crashes that are caused by distracted drivers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that there are also another 1,153 people killed every single day as a result of distracted driving. To avoid contributing to this problem and to lower your accident risk, resolve to keep your hands on the wheel, your eyes on the road and your focus on your driving.
  • Always drive at a safe speed. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has indicated that around 30 percent of car accident deaths in the United States involve people who are driving their cars too fast. Speeding-related crashes occur not just when you go over the limit but also when you operate your vehicle at a speed that is not safe for current weather conditions. Slow down this year- especially if the weather is bad.
  • Never drink and drive. CNN reports that the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has urged lawmakers to reduce the permissible blood alcohol concentration limit from .08 to .05. By the time you have had enough to drink to reach the legal limit, your crash risk has been significantly increased. People who have consumed alcohol have their judgment impaired, experience delayed reflexes and are not able to stay focused on the road. You should try to avoid driving after having had even one or two drinks if you want to maximize road safety this year.
  • Stop aggressive driving. Aggressive driving includes things like following behind other drivers too closely and unsafe passing. Many people get impatient and engage in these behaviors. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has indicated that around 67 percent of survey respondents said the aggressive driving behavior of other motorists had made them feel unsafe at some point over the past year. You shouldn’t be one of these aggressive drivers that endangers others.

By making a resolution to stop these dangerous driving behaviors, hopefully you can have a safe 2015 without any crashes or close calls on the road. While you remain at risk if other drivers make unsafe choices, at least you aren’t a part of the problem with road safety in Atlanta.

The Atlanta car accident lawyers at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. can represent you after an injury in a motor vehicle crash. Call today at (404) 814-8949 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation.

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December is a festive month, but it can also be a dangerous month. Many Atlanta collisions occur over the course of this month as people visit holiday parties or New Years Eve events and end up getting behind the wheel after consuming too much alcohol. drunk-531484-m

Preventing intoxicated driving needs to be a top priority for motorists this holiday. To draw attention to the issue, December has been classified as National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. Drivers need to take the opportunity to learn about the statistics and risks of intoxicated driving so they can make informed choices. Victims of crashes also need to learn what their rights are and should strongly consider speaking with an experienced Atlanta drunk driving accident lawyer for help pursuing a damage claim.

Drunk Driving Collision Prevention Efforts

In 1982, December was designated National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month. In 2010, as part of efforts to prevent deaths due to unsafe driving, President Barack Obama changed the name of the monthly awareness campaign to National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. This month now encompasses education not only about the risks of drugged and drunk driving, but also about the risks associated with driving while distracted.

The data on drunk driving crashes shows that public education on the important issue of impaired driving is definitely still necessary to try to reduce accident risks. According to True Car, a full 41 percent of motor vehicle collisions in the country are related to alcohol. Because there are so many crashes, someone loses his life every 30 minutes on average in an impaired driving crash. Every two minutes, someone in the country gets hurt by a drunk driver.

Each year, around 600,000 Americans get hurt in crashes with drunk drivers, which further reinforces the staggering truth about the risks. Based on the statistical data, around three out of every 10 people in the U.S. will likely become directly involved with a motor vehicle accident death caused by a drunk driver. This could include having a family member or close friend killed. Altogether, these crashes caused by intoxicated motorists cost more then $51 billion. This is a huge amount of money that comes out of the pockets of victims, who need to pursue a claim for compensation from those responsible for the crash.

Preventing the unnecessary physical and financial damages is very important for every motorist and National Impaired Driving Prevention month aims to educate the public about these real risks and provide some proposed solutions.

Some of the different things people are urged to do include:

  • Selecting someone to act as a sober driver before starting to participate in any holiday celebrations.
  • Avoiding serving alcohol to someone who are not certain is at least age 21.
  • Planning parties that reduce the risk of drunk driving. So-called “safe” parties may offer non-alcohol drink choices to designated drivers and other guests who don’t wish to drink. Hosts should also stop serving alcohol during the final hour of holiday gatherings.

By taking these steps, hopefully fewer Atlanta impaired driving collision will occur this holiday season.

The Atlanta car accident lawyers at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. can represent you after an injury in a motor vehicle crash. Call today at (404) 814-8949 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation.