Drunk driving may be a roadway hazard throughout the year, but it spikes sharply during the holiday season. According to Scram Systems, a greater proportion of traffic fatalities are caused by alcohol during the holidays than during other times of the year. More than half of drunk drivers were also reported to drink more during the holidays than during any other time of the year. After any drunk driving accident, injury victims have legal rights. The advice of a Macomb County car accident attorney can help protect victims who have been injured by drunk drivers.
Drunk driving in Michigan
Macomb County residents are not immune from drunk driving. Six of them were injured this past August when an impaired driver drove into a bus shelter. The Macomb Daily reports that the driver’s blood alcohol level was .07. While this is just under the set legal limit for drunk driving, it falls within the statutory definition of impaired driving. The driver was charged with six felonies as a result of the accident.
While drunk driving has somewhat declined as a cause of auto accidents in general, it remains a leading cause of serious and fatal crashes. That's because drunk drivers are prone to extremely dangerous behaviors such as driving the wrong way, leading to devastating head-on collisions. Earlier this month, a wrong-way driver on I-275 caused a crash that killed two people, according to CBS Detroit. Sadly, fatalities and catastrophic injuries are the norm in these types of crashes because of the amount of force involved.
Another tragic drunk driving accident resulted in the death of a Sterling Heights teenager. The Macomb Daily reports that a former firefighter pleaded no contest to second degree murder as a result of the accident. The defendant pleaded no contest to the less severe charge of causing death while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The pleas will cause the defendant to face a prison sentence of 11-to-30 years when he returns to court for sentencing in January 2018. This victim, only 17, had recently graduated from Stevenson High School in Sterling Heights. Defendant was a 15-year veteran of local fire agencies, and his blood-alcohol level was nearly double the legal limit for driving in Michigan.
Stay safe this holiday season
During the holiday season, when many people celebrate with alcohol, it's especially important to take steps to protect yourself. Don't get behind the wheel when you are under the influence; call a cab or use a designated driver to make sure you can get to your destination safely. If you spot someone driving erratically, especially late at night, keep your distance from the possible drunk driver and contact law enforcement as quickly as possible. Your actions could save a life.
After sustaining injuries as the result of a drunk driving accident, victims incur financial losses. Car accident injury victims have the legal right to be compensated for these losses from the drunk driver who causes them. A Macomb County car accident attorney will advocate fiercely for accountability.