Man Arrested After Crashing Into Squad Car
According to an article by NBC DFW, a man crashed into a police squad car in Dallas early Monday, October 23rd. Some officers had been dispatched to the 100 block area of West Commerce Street at around 2 in the morning. The officers were working a separate crash when the squad car was rear-ended by the suspect. Also, the marked police car was parked and had its emergency flashers on when the accident happened. The officers who were struck were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. The driver of the car that hit the police officers was arrested for driving while intoxicated.
Drunk Driving Accidents
It’s sad enough to hit a parked squad car with its lights on. You will probably get into enough trouble just for doing that. If you are drunk while you run into the car, then it might only get worse from there. The suspect in this story may be in for some hefty fines and maybe even some jail time. The worst part about this story is that it was not necessary for the driver to be operating his vehicle while drinking. No one has to drive when they are drunk. With just a small amount of foresight and planning, most instances of drunk driving accidents could be avoided. Most people would be hard-pressed to come up with a scenario where a person has to drive after they have been drinking. Since drunk drivers have chosen to break the law, the punishment for this kind of activity is more severe than a regular accident.
Let us not forget that the officers who were hurt during this whole story were doing their jobs. When injuries happen on the clock, your employer is responsible for keeping the workplace safe. As such, your employer may be liable for any damages that you have when you are working for them. These actions include driving or riding in a company vehicle, as well. Work injuries can be just as unexpected as a collision with a drunk driver.
DWI Crash Statistics
In data released by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration NHTSA:
- There was a 7.7 percent increase in motor vehicle traffic deaths in 2015. An estimated 35,200 people died in 2015, up from the 32,675 reported fatalities in 2014.
- According to NHTSA, every day, 28 people in the United States die in an alcohol-related vehicle crash, that’s one person every 53 minutes.
- Drunk driving fatalities have fallen by a third in the last three decades; however, the chance of being in an alcohol-impaired crash is still one in three over the course of a lifetime.
- These deaths and damages contribute to a cost of $52B per decade.
Auto Crash Statistics
In preliminary data released by the NHTSA:
- A 7 percent increase in motor vehicle traffic deaths occurred in 2015. Around 35,200 people died in 2015, up from the 32,675 reported fatalities in 2014.
- Estimates based on data for 2015 reveals that most of the Nation saw significant increases in motorcyclist (9% increase), pedestrian (10% increase) and pedal cyclist fatalities (13% increase).
- Fatalities to drivers and passengers also increased (6% and 7%, respectively).
- Fatalities in crashes involving young drivers (15 to 20 years old) increased 10 percent.
- Fatalities in crashes involving large trucks increased by 4 percent.
- Fatalities among occupants of passenger vehicles that rolled over increased by about 5 percent.
San Antonio Car Accident Lawyers
If you have been injured because of another person’s carelessness, you could unexpectedly be in for a long recovery. Let us help you focus on recovering from your injuries while we deal with the legal aspect of your potential case. We offer a free primary consultation that will help us to discuss your accident and see if you have a case. This discussion is risk-free and there is no obligation to use our services. However, we have several experienced attornies at the ready to do their best to try and help you.