During the 4th of July holiday weekend, Pennsylvania experienced a high number of vehicle crashes, resulting in three fatalities and nearly 200 injuries, as reported by the Pennsylvania State Police.
Out of the 668 crashes that took place during the five-day period from June 30 to July 4, alcohol was a contributing factor in 59 of the accidents, although none of the fatalities were alcohol-related.
The deaths occurred in specific regions of the state, including the PA Turnpike, Troop R, and Troop F. Law enforcement authorities also made 505 drunk driving arrests and issued 23,738 traffic citations during this time.
Apart from alcohol, common reasons for citations included failure to wear seatbelts and improper securing of children in car seats. The statistics from this year were similar to those from the previous year, with four fatalities and 649 total crashes recorded during the same holiday period, according to state statistics.
The Impact of Drunk Driving Accidents in Pennsylvania
As a car accident attorney, it is crucial to understand the potential legal ramifications of drunk driving. Driving under the influence (DUI) is a serious offense that can have severe consequences.
Firstly, individuals arrested for DUI may face criminal charges, including fines, probation, license suspension, mandatory alcohol education programs, and even imprisonment, depending on the jurisdiction and the severity of the offense. These criminal penalties serve as a deterrent and aim to hold individuals accountable for their actions, promoting public safety on the roads.
From a civil perspective, drunk drivers can also face significant legal consequences. If a drunk driver causes an accident resulting in injuries or fatalities, they may be held liable for the damages and losses suffered by the victims. In such cases, car accident attorneys can help the victims pursue compensation through personal injury or wrongful death claims. The attorney will work to gather evidence, establish negligence on the part of the intoxicated driver, and demonstrate the causal link between the driver’s impairment and the accident. Successful legal action can result in the drunk driver being responsible for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages suffered by the victims. Additionally, punitive damages may be awarded to punish the driver for their reckless behavior and deter others from engaging in similar conduct.
Overall, both criminal and civil legal ramifications for drunk driving underscore the gravity of the offense. The potential consequences can have a profound impact on the drunk driver’s life, while also providing a means of justice and compensation for the victims affected by their irresponsible actions.
If you or someone you know was in an accident with a drunk driver, you may want to consider a free consultation with the team at Kats, Jamison and Associates. As always, there is no fee unless we win your case.