Here’s how you can spot a drunk driver

As you make your way down the road, you understand the importance of paying attention to other drivers. While most people will do whatever it takes to remain safe,…

As you make your way down the road, you understand the importance of paying attention to other drivers. While most people will do whatever it takes to remain safe, this isn’t the case with everyone. For example, there are times when people drink and drive, thus increasing the chance of causing an accident.

It is important that you know how to spot a drunk driver, as this can help you avoid an accident. While there is no sure fire way of spotting somebody who is drunk, here are some of the signs of intoxication:

— Quick acceleration

— Tailgating

— Stopping without reason

— Weaving across the road

— Inability to stay in a single lane of traffic

— Driving slower than the speed limit

— Straddling the center line

— Slow response to traffic signals

— Driving on the wrong side of the road

— Swerving

If you notice that a driver is doing one or more of these things, there is a chance that he or she could be drunk. In this case, it’s best to keep your distance from the driver and contact authorities.

Even if you understand the importance of being a safe driver, you cannot assume that everybody else is doing the same. There will always be people who make mistakes on the road, which includes drinking and driving.

By knowing how to spot a drunk driver, you can improve the chance of avoiding an accident. If you are involved in an accident despite your efforts, make sure you contact the police and receive immediate medical attention.

Source: Mothers Against Drunk Driving, “How to Spot a Drunk Driver,” accessed May 10, 2016

Drunk driving increases the chance of an accident

There is one primary reason why drunk driving is such a serious crime: It increases the chance of an accident. When a person has too much to drink and…

There is one primary reason why drunk driving is such a serious crime: It increases the chance of an accident. When a person has too much to drink and then gets behind the wheel, there is the chance that he or she could cause an accident. As a result, this person, along with anybody else on the road, could be injured or killed.

Here is something you need to remember: just because you are 100 percent sober does not mean that other drivers are in the same position. It only takes one drunk driver to cause a serious accident that injures or kills one or more people.

The problem with drunk driving is that anybody can do it. Even if you are careful to avoid this, other drivers don’t always feel the same way. They have a few drinks, get behind the wheel of their car, and then hope for the best. They never think that this decision could have an impact on others.

If you are injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver, you may be able to receive compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and rehabilitation.

Over the years, we have helped many people understand their rights. We have helped people injured by a drunk driver receive compensation. If you are in this position, don’t hesitate to contact us online or via phone. You can also review our website and blog to learn more about drunk driving accidents. You don’t want to be involved in an accident, but if you are it is important to understand your legal rights.

Drunk driving is more common during the holiday season

There is no denying the fact that drunk driving is a major problem in the United States. This is a crime that is committed day after day in every…

There is no denying the fact that drunk driving is a major problem in the United States. This is a crime that is committed day after day in every state throughout the country.

Incidents of drunk driving increase during the holiday season. According to a recent report, on average there are 1,900 driving under the influence arrests during the month of December. Due to this increase, police are always on the lookout.

Regardless of where you live or the roadways you are traveling this holiday season, you have probably come across a few highway signs noting that you should not drink and drive. Despite these messages, some people don’t learn their lesson. They decide to drink alcohol, get behind the wheel and take their chances.

With so many people drinking and driving during the holidays, the chance of an accident also increases. Unfortunately, many drinking and driving accidents result in serious injury and even death.

This year, just the same as every one before it, there will be people who push their luck and hit the road after they have had too much to drink. The worst part of this is that some of these people will cause an accident that injures or kills an innocent person.

Drunk driving always ramps up during the holiday season. As a driver, you should be sober all the time. You should also pay attention to those around you. If you feel that somebody is driving under the influence, keep your distance and then contact police. This could help you and others avoid an accident.

Source: CBS Baltimore, “Incidents Of Drunk Driving Increase During Holiday Season,” accessed Dec. 22, 2015

Seeking solutions for Pennsylvania drunk driving accidents

Unfortunately, many residents in the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania have suffered personal injury or property damage due to drunk driving accidents. This group of people includes accident victims…

Unfortunately, many residents in the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania have suffered personal injury or property damage due to drunk driving accidents. This group of people includes accident victims themselves as well as family members of the victims. What makes it even harder for these victims is the simple fact that the problem of driving drunk is entirely preventable. Yet people continue to choose to get behind the wheel in a highly inebriated state, thereby taking their lives and the lives of others in their hands.

More people across the nation now recognize that the problem of drunk driving accidents is very nearly at the epidemic level. As such, many states have tightened their focus on putting an end to this tragedy. Pennsylvania is no exception and our lawmakers and police officials are also searching for ways to end drunk driving and reduce motor vehicle accidents.

Some of the solutions state governments now rely on include:

— Random sobriety checkpoints– Drivers’ license revocation or suspension– Ignition interlock devices— Steep penalties, even for first offenders

Educating young drivers in our society also plays a key role in helping reduce drunk driving accidents. By educating new motor vehicle operators with a full understanding of the danger of driving drunk, the next wave of adult drivers will hopefully behave more responsibly behind the wheel.

Drunk driving accidents are not likely to completely stop anytime soon. This means Pennsylvania drivers who follow the letter of the law need to protect themselves and their personal property. You can learn more about seeking compensation following a drunk driving accident by browsing the pages of our website.

Do drivers convicted of DUIs have to use Ignition Interlock?

The ignition interlock system was designed to check a person’s breath for alcohol before allowing a motor vehicle to start. Every time he or she wants to use the…

The ignition interlock system was designed to check a person’s breath for alcohol before allowing a motor vehicle to start. Every time he or she wants to use the car—regardless of the time of day—the person has to blow into the device. Only when he or she is cleared will the vehicle start.

So, do you have to use this system if you get a DUI in Pennsylvania? As you’ll see, the answer can be both yes and no, depending on the circumstances.

If you have just been given your first DUI, you are most likely not going to be ordered to use the ignition interlock device. It is not mandatory at that time.

If you have been given a second DUI, though, you qualify as a repeat offender and you do have to use the device. Your suspension has to be served first, as you are not allowed to drive at all without a license. After the suspension ends, you then have to have the device on your car for the next year.

This is also true if you get any subsequent DUI charges. This applies for charges starting on the first of October in 2003, when the new law went into effect.

For most recent DUI offenses—those after 6/30/2007—it is worth noting that a second DUI only counts as a repeat offense if you’ve had another one within the last 10 years. After that, you can get another DUI and it will not make the ignition interlock mandatory.

If you have been injured by a drunk driver, you may have a right to compensation for your injuries.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, “IgnItIon Interlock “The Law” Frequently Asked Questions,” accessed July 31, 2015

Pennsylvania drunk driving accident facts

Drunk driving accidents occur all over the United States and unfortunately Pennsylvania is no exception. While lawmakers continue to work on improving the laws for driving under the influence,…

Drunk driving accidents occur all over the United States and unfortunately Pennsylvania is no exception. While lawmakers continue to work on improving the laws for driving under the influence, it offers no consolation to those who have experienced DUI accidents first hand. To help raise awareness about alcohol-related accidents in the state of Pennsylvania, here are some fast facts about driving while intoxicated.

Five-year trends: From 2009 through 2013, alcohol-related car crashes in Pennsylvania have decreased; however, the figures (listed below) are still staggering.

— 2009 – 12,712– 2010 – 12,426– 2011 – 11,805– 2012 – 11,956– 2013 – 11,041

Victims of alcohol-related fatalities: To highlight how serious driving under the influence remains, take a look at these alcohol-related crash fatality statistics from 2013.

— 252 drinking drivers perished in car accidents– 45 passengers riding with drinking drivers died in alcohol-related car crashes– 17 non-drinking pedestrians perished due to drinking drivers

In the section below, you will find more fast facts about driving under the influence in Pennsylvania.

— 46 percent of alcohol-related crash fatalities occur over the weekend in 2013– In 2013, 32 percent of holiday car accident fatalities involved the use of alcohol– Most of the DUI car accidents in 2013 involved drinking drivers age 21 to 30 years of age– 44 percent of drivers who died due to car accidents in 2013 were drinking at the time of the crash

While there seems to be no easy solution to eliminate alcohol-related car accidents, victims can aid the cause by seeking recompense through the legal system. Perhaps if more drivers are taken to task for their actions behind the wheel, it will result in an even more dramatic decrease of DUI accidents.

If you have suffered bodily injuries or property damage due an intoxicated driver, exercise your rights to seek compensation by speaking with a Pennsylvania-based personal injury attorney as soon as possible.

Source: Pennsylvania DUI Association, “Crash Facts,” accessed June 15, 2015

Close bars later to keep millennials from moving? At what cost?

Among the many reasons people are drawn to our state, Pennsylvania is home to some of the world’s finest colleges and universities. According to at least one state lawmaker, however,…

Among the many reasons people are drawn to our state, Pennsylvania is home to some of the world’s finest colleges and universities. According to at least one state lawmaker, however, the area’s history, architecture, culture, and business opportunities aren’t enough to convince the graduates of those fine colleges to settle down here. To do that, he argues, we need better nightlife.

If highly-educated millennials are moving away, that’s not good news, of course. Young college graduates form a crucial part of the economy and one of the most likely to produce new businesses, innovations and jobs. Would improving the nightlife opportunities in selected areas — specifically, allowing bars to stay open later — persuade these future leaders to stay? If so, is it worth it?

Those questions came up recently when Philadelphia State Representative Jordan Harris proposed changing state law so that bars located in “designated entertainment zones away from residential neighborhoods” could serve alcohol until 4:00 a.m.

“While I understand nightlife isn’t the only concern for those making a decision on whether to stay in cities across Pennsylvania or move, I do know that it is a concern, one that we can fix,” said Jordan in a statement.

Bars would pay more in licensing fees — but what about the cost of DUI?

Under Jordan’s proposal, bars in appropriate areas could choose to stay open and continue serving liquor until 4:00 a.m. instead of the current closing time of 2:00 a.m. If they do so, their liquor licensing fee would go up 10 percent, and the state and municipality would split that extra money.

With more money for everyone and happier millennials, what could go wrong? Well, there could be an increase in drunk driving accidents, which already cost Pennsylvanians far too much.

Beyond the human cost, more DUI accidents could also mean additional liability for bar owners. Under Pennsylvania law, bar owners can be held responsible if they serve alcohol to a minor or a visibly intoxicated patron who subsequently injures other people. This is called “dram shop liability,” and bar owners have reason for concern. If drunk driving and associated accidents begin to rise, their costs could skyrocket.

For now, observers say that Jordan’s bill is unlikely to pass. That said, mayoral candidates in Center City have proposed a 4:00 a.m. closing time in a bid to increase tax revenues and fund city schools.

Allegedly drunk cops hit Pennsylvania flour truck head-on, 2 dead

Last weekend, a group of off-duty police from Linden, New Jersey, and a friend were on their way home from an evening at a strip club. According to reports, the…

Last weekend, a group of off-duty police from Linden, New Jersey, and a friend were on their way home from an evening at a strip club. According to reports, the officer driving that car had earlier posted a photo on Instagram showing three shot glasses he captioned, “Jack Daniels Fire on the house.”

That may explain why the man’s car was later caught headed the wrong direction on the West Shore Expressway on Staten Island just before 5:00 a.m. Unfortunately, it’s only too common for intoxicated drivers to become confused and drive against the flow of traffic, and this time it led to tragedy. The car with the off-duty officers and their friend smashed head-on into a tractor-trailer for Snavely’s Mill, a northeastern Pennsylvania flour processor.

Two of the four men in the car were killed. The driver and the fourth passenger were critically injured. The 33-year-old tractor-trailer driver was injured, as well, although an NYPD spokesperson gave no details except to say he had been treated and released.

A blood-alcohol test has been performed on the driver of the car, but the results weren’t in as of this posting. The man’s boss, the Linden Police Chief, said it was premature to speculate on the cause of the accident, adding, “We were all young once and I’m sure we’ve all done stupid things in our life.”

The driver was 27. The passengers were 28, 28 and 23.

There is hardly a greater recipe for disaster than a drunk driver hitting a commercial truck head-on. Now, two men are dead, two others are injured critically, and one whose injuries are unclear. Sadly, they and their families are now left with both emotional and financial issues they may be dealing with for years.

Source: Lancaster Online, “Manheim truck driver injured in wrong-way accident caused by off-duty N.J. cops returning from strip club,” Cindy Stauffer, March 22. 2015