Today, public safety campaigns regarding car accidents are abuzz over distracted driving. It has taken over as the number one hazard on the roads today. Most of us feel crippled without our smartphones nearby, and unfortunately, this often carries over into driving also, despite the need for one hundred percent diligence while driving. You may have been guilty too of sneaking a peak at a text or sending one—not to mention becoming engrossed in a phone conversation (hands-free or not) that could steal your much-needed attention span from the road.
Reckless driving is still an issue, to include speeding, lack of attention to traffic signs and rules, and other infractions; and while such behavior may result in tickets, fines, and points on the driver’s license, it can also cause major car accidents. Motorists who choose to drive under the influence are not only a menace to the safety of everyone else on the road, but they are extremely unpredictable too. Houston has been an unfortunate leader for DUIs in the state of Texas, with most of them averaging a blood alcohol level of over 15 percent, which is staggering.
Throughout the US, even with so many public safety campaigns and the impact that MADD has worked so hard to make, almost 30 people die in drunk driving related accidents every day.
“These deaths have fallen by a third in the last three decades; however, drunk-driving crashes claim more than 10,000 lives per year. In 2010, the most recent year for which cost data is available, these deaths and damages contributed to a cost of $44 billion that year,” states the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
If you see another driver weaving or navigating through traffic in an erratic and dangerous pattern, call for help. Other typical signs of drivers who are under the influence are:
- Driving way too slow or way too fast
- Giving exaggerated berth when making a turn
- Drifting into another lane or off the road
- Forgetting to turn on the headlights or use signals
- Obviously consuming drinks in the car, while behind the wheel
If you are struck by a drunk driver, be very careful about your interaction with them, and call the police immediately for help, and to file an accident report, as well as an ambulance if you are injured.
Please call the law offices of Andrew ‘Pike’ Piekalkiewicz, PLLC as soon as possible if you have been in a car accident and injured due to the negligence of others. Attorney Sgt. Pike activates and deploys his proprietary Car Accident Response Team or C.A.R.T.™ immediately after being hired and in cases where it is appropriate, with a team of specialized personnel trained in every aspect of car wrecks and injuries deployed. Call now at (713) 748-7453 for a no obligation case review.