Our Little Rock, Arkansas-area car accident and personal injury attorneys read with interest the details of an event in Boston last Tuesday.
A driver reportedly was drinking and fell asleep at the wheel. He hit a snow bank and flew off the top deck of the freeway, landing on the lower deck. It was a miracle that he survived. Luckily there weren’t a lot of cars on the road that early in the morning so no one else was hurt.
“I remember falling asleep. I remember hitting the snowbank and kind of rattling a little bit. I work up to the paramedics,” Vannak Sao said. “It was a mixture of drinking and being tired.”
His license has been revoked and he was charged with driving under the influence.
According to the United States Department of Transportation, every two hours three people are killed in alcohol-related highway crashes.
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Drinking and driving not only costs lives, it also costs a lot of money. Drunk driving costs the U.S. $199 billion per year, according to MADD. Drunk driving costs each adult in the U.S. almost $800 per year.
Statistics show that men are 50% more likely to drink and drive. Fatal crashes are 36% more likely to occur at night and 31% more likely to happen on the weekends. Drinking and driving is more common for people in their early 20s but that doesn’t mean that other ages aren’t to blame. One in six teens binge drinks and only one in 100 parents believe that their child is one of them.
Impairment is not determined by the type of drink you have, it is determined by the amount of alcohol drunk over time. The average person metabolizes alcohol at the rate of about one drink per hour. Despite what you might have heard, only time will sober you up. Not bread, coffee, or a cold shower. If you have been drinking, have a designated driver or call a taxi. Most of the people who drink and drive think that they are “OK” to drive but 90% of the time that is not the case. Don’t add to the statistics. Drink responsibly.
Link to the video of the accident in Boston: http://newsfeed.gawker.com/sleeping-boston-driver-jumps-his-truck-off-the-top-deck-1687751294
Link to the MADD website: http://www.madd.org/
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