Pittsburgh, PA- Fatal and injurious traffic accidents can have a myriad of causes. One of those causes is drunken driving, and the consequences can be devastating, which a recent accident in the Pittsburgh-area demonstrates and gives rise to the question: How common are drunk driving accidents in Pennsylvania?
Earlier this month, on August 2nd, a 30-year-old Pittsburgh man was arrested and charged with homicide by vehicle and DUI in connection with a March 2016 crash that left a 21-year-old woman dead. Police told the media that driver ran up on a sidewalk and slammed into a light pole at the 6800 block of Penn Avenue in Point Breeze, Action News 4 reports.
According to Action News 4 in Pittsburgh, the Penn Hills woman was ejected from a car the night of the crash. She survived the initial impact and was rushed to the hospital where she was later pronounced.
During their investigation, police found that the driver had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.12 percent and also had marijuana in his bloodstream.
So, how common are drunken accidents in Pennsylvania? According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, 333 people were killed in drunk driving accidents in 2014. Those drunk driving deaths accounted for 28 percent of fatal accidents in the state, which is lower than the national average of 33 percent. On an average day in the Keystone state, there are 28 alcohol-related crashes, but fortunately, they don’t all end in tragedy.
A drunk driving accident can leave a family in a confused and distressed state. They often wonder: What comes next? How am I going to recover compensation? If you were the victim of a drunk driving accident or a loved one is, let USAttorneys help you find expert legal counsel. We have an experienced team of drunk driving lawyers in Pennsylvania who will help you recover the compensation you need for all of your accident-related expenses. Our legal team has a thorough knowledge of the state’s personal injury laws, so they will be an asset to your case.
If you live in Pittsburgh, and you need a drunk driving accident lawyer, we recommend you contact the law offices of Goodrich & Associates at 412-261-4663, and set up a consultation. Their team of personal injury lawyers will do everything they can to make a drunk driver pay for their reckless and inexcusable actions. They will strive to get you a fair settlement, whether you settle your claim through negotiations or take your claim to civil court. The lawyers at Goodrich & Associates will aggressively pursue your claim to ensure you get an optimal settlement.