Driving at night can be dangerous for a number of reasons. Poorer lighting means drivers will have a tougher time seeing signs, pedestrians, or even other drivers. It is for this reason that one of the first driving restrictions faced by the elderly or those who cannot see well is that they cannot drive at night. But another, arguably more serious danger is that when driving at night, there are more likely to be drunk drivers on the road. Add alcohol to the risks already inherent in driving, and we have a recipe for disaster. In such a situation, it would be wise to contact an expert car accident attorney at 617-787-3700.
The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles recently introduced statistics from a study that suggests that while deadly crashes have on the whole decreased, the number of people killed in drunk driving accidents has increased. Specifically, a four percent decrease in deadly auto crashes has been coupled with a twelve percent increase in deadly drunk driving accidents. The study also reported increases in deaths of teen drivers, pedestrians, and an increase in speed-related crashes.
Lawmakers in Virginia have been working extensively to combat drunk driving in recent years. In December 2018, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam formed a highway safety task force. State legislators have also been working to increase penalties for drunk and distracted drivers, and introduce laws specific to distracted driving, cell phone use in particular.
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a drunk driving accident, you may be entitled to significant monetary relief. Act now and contact an expert drunk driving accident attorney here at the Law Offices of Gilbert R. Hoy, Jr. and Affiliates to discuss your potential claim. Call our injury attorney specialists today at 617-787-3700 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for your free and private consultation. Your needs are our top priority!