Drunk Driving Crash Statistics are Sobering
It is a fact of American life that every two minutes, someone is hurt in drunk driving crash. When we read a statistic like that, it is something we need to take a moment to absorb. We grieve the loss of life in these tragic drunk driving crashes which have too often taken lives of Georgians. One of the worst such crashes of late is one in which five lives were lost in a horrific crash this past weekend. Five people lost their lives in a wrong way crash on I-75 near Dayton, Ohio. The most recent information about this tragedy is that the driver who passed away in the crash, was driving with a suspended license and was allegedly intoxicated at the time of the crash. He may also have threatened to commit suicide that day and in the past.
The driver collided head on with an SUV and killed all those in that vehicle, a group of friends — three of whom were in a popular band together. He had ended up back on the road drunk only hours after being released for another drunk driving charge. Possibly suffering from severe depression after his brother’s death this past fall, he and his wife were estranged and he was threatening to find a way to end his life.
How To Protect Yourself from a Drunk Driver
- First and foremost, fastening seat belts can help protect you and your passengers from what can be the severe impact of a vehicle driven by someone who is under the influence. Of course, seat belt use is the law in every state and is crucial for safety in general. But if someone is driving drunk and they are speeding, you might have only seconds to try to respond. Having a seat belt on can help prevent injury and can help you remain in your seat to maneuver your vehicle.
- Always be on the look out for vehicles that are not able to stay in their lane or are weaving in and out of their lane of travel. If you see this, make sure you leave as much room as possible between your vehicle and that of the other vehicle.
- If you believe you are on the road with a drunk driver, try to get the a description of the vehicle to the police or highway patrol by calling 911. If you cannot get the license plate details from the vehicle, try to determine the make of the vehicle and its direction of travel.
- Do not try to engage the driver.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving reports that between 50 and 75 percent of those who have been convicted of drunk driving are driving on a suspended license. This is what appears to have happened in the fatal crash in Dayton.
What to Do if You Have Been Injured
If someone you or someone you know has been injured in a drunk driving crash you need support. If someone you love has been fatally injured, you need support and guidance for how to cope with your future without your loved one. Scholle Law helps those who have been seriously injured or hurt in a motor vehicle crash. Please contact us so that we can evaluate your accident at no cost to you.