Drivers Across Georgia Warned to Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over This Holiday Season
The United States Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has launched a new national campaign intended to get drunk drivers off the road during this holiday season. The campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, premiered with an ad launch appearing before Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Drivers across Georgia and the rest of the United States will view several new ad campaigns focusing on the dangers of drunk driving. Ads will appear on television, in theaters, and other digital outlets. One ad focuses on a young man looking in the mirror and attempting to convince himself that he was fine to drive. A woman is featured in a similar ad.
New Data Reveals the Rate of Drunk Driving Deaths Remains High
The NHTSA also released new data showing the continued dangers of drunk driving. There were nearly 10,000 drunk driving deaths in 2014, a figure down by just over 1 percent from the prior year. Sixty nine percent of all fatal accidents involved a driver with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .15 or more. This is almost twice the national level in every state. Drunk driving accidents remain most common during the nighttime hours.
Plan Ahead to Avoid Drunk Driving
The best way to ensure you are never in the position to drive drunk is to plan ahead. If you know you will likely drink while out and about or attending a holiday party, arrange for a safe ride. This could include designating a sober friend as the driver or arranging for a taxi, Uber, or Lyft ride. Uber and Lyft provide convenient and affordable rides, while taxis are available in every area. If you cannot arrange a safe ride, plan to spend the night where you are so that you can drive when sober in the morning.
Justice for Drunk Driving Accident Victims
If you are involved in a car accident this holiday season that might have been caused by a drunk driver, contact an automobile accident attorney as soon as possible. An attorney can examine the facts and circumstances of what happened as well as take the necessary steps to protect your rights. Drunk driving accidents are among the most serious of all car accidents and can involve complex personal injury claims. Your automobile accident attorney will assist in gathering evidence in support of your personal injury claim, which will include all evidence of the driver's intoxication and negligent behavior at the time of the accident. In Georgia, car accident victims should be able to receive compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more related to the accident. In some cases, the victims of drunk driving should also receive punitive damages due to the extreme negligence of the driver.
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If you or a loved one is injured in an automobile accident, the Georgia Auto Accident Attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, are here to help. Our law firm provides essential assistance to accident victims across Georgia and in the Southeast. We have over 30 years of experience and will provide you with the knowledgeable representation you need to mount your strongest case. The sooner you act after your accident, the greater your chances of obtaining a full recovery. As such, it is important that you seek the assistance of a licensed lawyer as soon as possible. Call Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.