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Monday, March 2, 2015

Personal Injury Attorney: Car Accidents Due to Drunk and Drowsy Drivers

The results are in, AAA reports that there is still a difference between what drivers say and what drivers do.

Specifically, survey respondents report that they believe certain behaviors are dangerous on our roads, yet still engage in those behaviors while driving.  For example, while people are concerned about drunk and drowsy driving, many still admit to recently driving while tired or under the influence.  Our personal injury attorneys located in Stockbridge, Georgia and serving clients in the greater Henry County/southern Atlanta area provide free consultations for car accident victims due to negligent drivers. 

According to AAA’s newly released 2014 Traffic Safety Index, drivers generally view drinking and driving as a very serious threat and almost all disapprove of drinking and driving.  Drivers surveyed also acknowledged that others disapprove of it, which would presumably make it socially acceptable to take measures to prevent driving under the influence.

However, 1 in 8 people admit to driving at least once in the past year when they thought their alcohol level might have been close to or possibly over the legal limit.  And of that group, more than 19 percent said they have within the past month.

The same survey revealed that most drivers also view drowsy driving as a serious threat to their safety and a completely unacceptable behavior.  However, more than 1 in 4 admitted to driving when they were so tired that they had a hard time keeping their eyes open at some point within the past month.

Finally, along the same lines, over half of drivers (55.9%) believe that people driving after using illegal drugs as a very serious threat.  But surprisingly, survey participants were not as worried about drivers under the influence of prescription drugs, as significantly fewer (less than 30%) view driving under the influence of prescription drugs a safety threat.  This is a concern, as some prescription drugs have sedative effects that can impair a drivers’ reaction time, similar to drunk and drowsy driving.   

If you have been injured in a car accident and need help with your claim, email Marc Avidano at mavidano@smithwelchlaw.com  or call 770-957-3937.  Smith, Welch, Webb and White is recognized as a premier law firm throughout the state of Georgia. We have litigated hundreds of automobile collisions and have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for injured clients and families of those killed in wrongful death accidents. Our team of experts routinely handles a wide range of legal matters, and will provide outstanding service for you, your family or your business.

 

 

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