Drunk Driver Injures Several People
NBC DFW reported that several people were taken to the hospital early Sunday morning following an accident where drunk driving is suspected along Interstate 35E underneath the Illinois Street overpass. There was a crash involving two cars and the driver of an SUV stopped to help them out. Police say that after the victim of the crash was loaded into an ambulance, a pickup came along and crashed into the ambulance and one of the cars from the original crash. The original crash victim was taken out of the wrecked ambulance and taken to the hospital in another ambulance.
Police tell NBC 5 there were no serious injuries, but multiple people were taken to the hospital. The driver of the pickup, suspected of drinking and driving, was taken into custody.
The events of this accident are very odd. A drunk driver crashed into another accident while police and first responders were on the scene. He must have completely disregarded the warning signs such as the flashing lights and roadblocks that were set up at the scene.
Miraculously, no one was seriously injured but this story is a testament to the dangers of drinking and driving.
Not all people are so fortunate to escape serious injury when hit by a drunk driver. Due to an intoxicated person’s impaired motor skills as well as their impaired mental state, they tend to cause catastrophic accidents that often result in innocent people being seriously injured and even killed.
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.
San Antonio Car Accident Lawyer
Drunk driving accidents are so tragic because the victims are usually unsuspecting, innocent people. Everyone on the road at the same time as an intoxicated driver is at risk. The worst part is that you cannot always detect that a driver is impaired. Sometimes intoxicated people are shockingly functional, but that does not mean they are not a danger or that they are capable of operating a motor vehicle. Drunk drivers are not always prone to swerving from lane to lane or running off the road, which are the typical signs to look for in a drunk driver. Sometimes they are not erratic drivers, but when a situation arises that requires quick thinking and even quicker motor skills, this is when the problem occurs. Drunk drivers are dangerous on so many different levels. If you have been in a car accident as a result of a drunk driver and are seeking legal advice, contact our law office for an evaluation.