Drunk driving and Stoned Driving:
Drunk and stoned automobile motorists are particularly dangerous to bicyclists, pedestrians and motorcycle drivers. In the case of bicycles, motorcycles and pedestrians, even a minor car crash could be deadly or cause life threatening injuries.
Surprisingly, In some instances, it is the motorcycle operator or bicycle rider who is drunk or high and negligenty causes the wreck because he cannot safely operate a bike.
In a very sad motor vehicle accident in South Kingstown, Rhode Island a drunk driver killed an innocent woman in a head on car crash / collision. The details of this auto wreck are set forth below:
In an impassioned victims statement, the deceased woman’s child lashed out out at the now convicted felon.
“I think everyone can agree that the wrong person died that night. But unfortunately, my mom is dead, and what is even more unfortunate is that you are still alive, and the world is a worse place because of it,” http://www.turnto10.com/story/25142037/ri-man-expected-to-plead-guilty-in-fatal-dui
Below you will find another very troubling example of a drunk driving accident:
In this accident an alleged drunk driver was charged with vehicular manslaughter as a result of killing a motorcycle driver. Police charged this allegedly impaired driver with numerous motor vehicle offenses including “homicide by vehicle while DUI, homicide by vehicle, involuntary manslaughter and related offenses.” http://www.phillyburbs.com/00redesign/news/communities/new-hope/cops-new-hope-woman-drunk-in-fatal-motorcycle-crash/a
This bike and SUV crash was what personal injury lawyers call a ‘left hand turn collision. Thankfully, the police did their due diligence in investigating this tragic mishap “They reconstructed the accident, interviewed other drivers and submitted Smith’s blood for testing at Doylestown Hospital.” http://www.phillyburbs.com/00redesign/news/communities/new-hope/cops-new-hope-woman-drunk-in-fatal-motorcycle-crash/a
“Police said Smith’s SUV tried to turn left from southbound Route 202 into the Logan Square shopping center that day. Smith, whose 15-year-old daughter was in the SUV with her, failed to yield the right-of-way to Maximiliano Urzua, who died after his motorcycle slammed into the side of Smith’s SUV, according to police.”http://www.phillyburbs.com/00redesign/news/communities/new-hope/cops-new-hope-woman-drunk-in-fatal-motorcycle-crash/a
“Cops: New Hope woman drunk in fatal motorcycle crash” “Nancy Smith’s blood alcohol content that day was 0.288 percent, more than three times the legal limit when her SUV and Maximilliano Urzua’s motorcycle collided, killing the Ontario, Canada, man, according to police.” http://www.phillyburbs.com/00redesign/news/communities/new-hope/cops-new-hope-woman-drunk-in-fatal-motorcycle-crash/a
“According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), in 2011, there were 9,878 alcohol-impaired driving fatalities, which represented 31 percent of all highway deaths. This represents a 53 percent reduction from the 21,113 people killed in crashes involving an alcohol-impaired driver in 1982. Tragically, since 1995, the proportion of fatalities associated with alcohol-impaired drivers has remained between 30 and 32 percent. In other words, progress to drive the number of deaths towards zero has slowed.”<a href=”http://www.ntsb.gov/news/events/2013/eliminate_impaired_driving/faq.html”>http://www.ntsb.gov/news/events/2013/eliminate_impaired_driving/faq.html
“According to NHTSA General Estimates System database, in 2011, more than 173,000 people were injured in alcohol-involved crashes, including more than 27,000 who received incapacitating injuries. Moreover, nearly twice as many people in alcohol-involved crashes are killed or injured (32 percent) compared to those in non-alcohol-involved crashes (17 percent).” http://www.ntsb.gov/news/events/2013/eliminate_impaired_driving/faq.html
Sleepy or drowsy driving:
“Sleep-deprived driving is the operation of a motor vehicle while being cognitively impaired by a lack of sleep. Sleep deprivation is a major cause of motor vehicle accidents, and it can impair the human brain as much as alcohol can” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sleep-deprived_driving reckless driving
Reckless driving of Motorcycle causing a Fatality:
“A Walnut Creek woman said the dead motorcyclist appeared to be racing the black coupe and that the motorcyclist appeared to be doing tricks.” San jose Mercury News http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_22812519/interstate-680-fatal-motorcycle-crash-caused-by-reckless?source=rss_viewed
In a different head-on motor vehicle crash, “Sykes admitted causing death by dangerous driving, and was sentenced to eight years in prison, as well as being banned from getting behind the wheel for ten years.But the parents of 18-year-old Olivia said the sentencing guidelines for dangerous drivers responsible for fatalities were ‘wholly inadequate and not fit for purpose.” http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2596641/Parents-young-beautician-killed-drink-driver-head-crash-hit-jailed-just-eight-years.html
Texting and Driving / Distracted Driving
“The U.S. Department of Transportation intensified its message on Wednesday about the dangers of distracted driving with a shocking video on their new website, distraction.gov….In the video, three carefree teens are seen in a car laughing and talking, when the driver starts texting on her phone, unaware of the approaching stop sign — the outcome is catastrophic…The disturbing video was released as part of National Distracted Driving Month. According to the DOT, 27 percent of distracted drivers in fatal crashes are in their twenties. In 2012, more than 3,000 people were killed in accidents from distractions and about 421,000 people were injured.” http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/distracted-driving-commercial-geared-stop-texting-driving-n71121
If you were injured in an accident in Rhode island or Massachusetts, please contact RI Personal Injury Attorney David Slepkow m401-437-1100 or a MA Car accident Lawyer.
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