Drunk driving is a common problem across North Carolina that leaves many motorists and pedestrians in harm's way. Those who doubt this reality need only look at the statistics from the holiday season, showing that more than 3,000 individuals were arrested for DWI. According to state authorities, 2,822 of those arrests were alcohol related, while the rest were tied to drug impairment.
Though winter's arrival may dissuade some individuals from taking leisurely walks along our city's roadways, there are still many who have to rely on their feet to either get to the bus stop, work, school or merely from the parking lot to the shopping center. Oftentimes, these individuals are unknowingly put in harm's way by dangerous, negligent drivers who, in the blink of an eye, can cause a devastating accident.
When North Carolinians first learn to drive, they are taught to be fully aware of their surroundings and to drive defensively. Though this practice may decrease one's odds of an injurious crash, the negligent acts of others can still injure those who employ defensive tactics. This is especially true when other drivers choose to drink and drive. These reckless motorists put other drivers, their passengers and pedestrians at significant risk of harm and death.
We have all heard the statistics and the warnings telling us that drinking and driving is extremely dangerous not only to the intoxicated driver, but also to others on the road. Yet, despite this knowledge, many North Carolinians still choose to drink and drive. Though some of these individuals are able to make it home safe, a great number of them cause serious accidents, leaving a wreck of destruction, injuries, and death.
It is no secret that far too many motorists climb behind the wheel of their vehicle after consuming alcoholic beverages. Sometimes these individuals are not impaired at all or minimally so, and get to their destination without incident. Other times, though, these drivers are under the influence and their ability to safely operate a motor vehicle is seriously compromised. In these instances, a severe drunk driving accident could occur, leaving destruction and as well as physical, emotional and financial pain and suffering.
Automobile collisions are far too common in North Carolina, and the reasons can be wide-ranging. Intoxicated, distracted and tired motorists can all pose significant hazards. One reason a driver may be dangerous when on the road is because he or she is inexperienced.
A recent report by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicates that on many highways across the United States, including those in North Carolina, an increasing number of car accidents have been cause by sleepy drivers. The NHTSA data was compiled from reports submitted by local police departments, but drivers impaired by drowsiness or sleepiness are difficult for police to detect after an accident.
Many North Carolina residents may be aware that in 2002 our state passed a law that required vehicles to move over or reduce their speed if there is an emergency vehicle near them. That law was meant to safeguard accident victims, emergency crews and law enforcement officers who might be present at the scene of an accident. Sadly, as recent reports state, many drivers in the state are unaware of this law.
The victim of a car accident often not only suffers serious physical injuries but the person can also face extreme financial challenges because of the car accident. Medical expenses to treat injuries are often very high; those injuries include head injuries as well as internal and external bleeding. In many cases, the victim of a car accident suffers permanent disabilities as well.