Woman Responsible for Fatal Crash Due to Drugs and AlcoholMay 14, 2019
Five children, ages five to 15, and a 23-year-old adult male lost their lives in a car accident on February 2 after the driver lost control of the vehicle. The car veered off the road, hit several trees, and spun out into a field. Unfortunately, none of the children were properly restrained and they were thrown out of the vehicle upon impact. They were pronounced dead at the scene. The adult male did not survive his injuries. According to Prince George’s County officials, the woman who was driving the car had marijuana in her system, and a blood alcohol content level that was at least twice the legal limit. This tragic car accident could have been prevented if the driver did not get behind the wheel while impaired.
The driver responsible for causing the accident is being charged with six counts of vehicular manslaughter and six counts of vehicular homicide. Sadly, this is just one of many fatal accidents caused by drunk or drugged driving.
Drunk Driving Fatalities
Twenty-nine people die every day in drunk driving-related car accidents in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In 2016 alone, approximately 10,500 people were killed in car accidents involving a drunk driver. This was roughly 28 percent of the total number of car accidents for that year. In addition to the drunk driving fatalities, approximately 290,000 people were injured in car accidents involving a drunk driver. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, a staggering 28 million people drink and drive in this country every year, and close to 10 million drive while under the influence of drugs. Yet, only about 2,800 motorists are arrested each day.
Drugged Driving Statistics
The CDC reports that approximately 16 percent of car accidents involve a drugged driver. This may be because marijuana has become legalized in many states across the country, so it is being more widely used. In addition, prescription drugs are a major problem across the United States. Unfortunately, motorists who drive while under the influence of marijuana are 25 percent more likely to be involved in a car accident, compared to non-marijuana users. Statistics also show that 13 percent of motorists who are driving at night have marijuana in their system.
Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Advocate for Victims of Drunk or Drugged Driving Accidents
If you or a loved one was seriously injured in a car accident involving a drunk or drugged driver, you are urged to contact the Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton at your earliest convenience. We take these types of accidents very seriously and will pursue the maximum financial compensation you deserve for your injuries. We will work tirelessly to protect your rights and ensure that the negligent party is held liable for their actions. To schedule a free, confidential consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
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