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Drunk Driving Accident Involving Ferris Wheel

August 26, 2016

Accidents can sometimes occur in the most unexpected ways. A recent drunk driving accident involving a Ferris Wheel caught onlookers and law enforcement officials by surprise at a Rogers City, Michigan festival. A man was driving 80 miles per hour (which was more than 50 miles per hour over the speed limit) when he slammed into a parked van near a Ferris Wheel. The impact then caused the unoccupied parked van to slam into the Ferris Wheel, moving the ride nearly five or six feet.

While there were at least eight people on the Ferris Wheel at the time the collision occurred, thankfully nobody suffered injuries as a result of the accident. Law enforcement officials stated that the man who struck the van was under the influence of alcohol and resisted arrest following the accident.

This bizarre and potentially catastrophic accident reminds us that anything can truly happen at any given moment when you least expect it. Had the parked van not been there to cushion the impact, the speeding vehicle could have slammed directly into the Ferris Wheel, resulting in severe injuries or death. Further, had the parked van been occupied, anyone inside may have suffered injuries or death as well.

Drunk Driving Continues to be a Common Cause of Car Accidents in Georgia

While the Ferris Wheel accident occurred in Michigan, the state of Georgia similarly sees its fair share of accidents that involve drunk driving. Between 2003 and 2012, Georgia saw 3,699 individuals lose their lives as a result of alcohol-related traffic accidents. While other states have experienced a greater number of fatalities than Georgia, the problem of drunk driving is still a serious and important issue in this state. Nearly 4,000 lives lost due to drunk driving accidents (link downloads a PDF report) over a nine-year period is simply too much. Not a single life should be lost as a result of alcohol-related accidents.

Additionally, approximately one out of three traffic fatalities in the United States involve driving under the influence of alcohol. This statistic is one that many people may not be aware of, and it is alarming. When nearly 30 percent of all traffic fatalities involve alcohol, a significant problem exists that must be addressed. While efforts to reduce the number of alcohol-related traffic fatalities have shown promise in some parts of the country, such dangerous and fatal accidents continue to occur, especially accidents involving young adults. Anyone who suffers injuries at the expense of a drunk driver may have a long road ahead to recover from something that may have permanent consequences, both physically and emotionally.

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If you or a loved one has suffered any injuries resulting from an accident, you should consider speaking with an Atlanta Personal Injury and Car Accident Attorney as soon as possible. Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law has the resources and dedication needed to provide professional legal representation. Put our law firm's over 38 years of experience to work for you. 

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Category: Auto Accidents

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