A man in Spokane Valley died at the end of February when a suspected drunk driver struck the man's car head-on. The accident occurred on US Highway 95 approximately 6 miles south of Sagle in Bonner County. The suspected drunk driver was traveling south in a Dodge Shadow. The victim was driving north in a Ford Fiesta when the other driver drove left-center along a corner. The two vehicles then collided and exited the northbound shoulder. A helicopter transported the victim to a nearby medical facility, where he was pronounced dead. Law enforcement has recommended that the driver who caused the crash be charged with aggravated driving under the influence as well as vehicular manslaughter.
Between 2003 to 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that 1,921 people were killed as a result of drunk driving crashes. While these numbers are slightly below the national average, many families and loved ones each year in Washington state have their lives forever changed as a result of drunk driving. To avoid being one of the parties impacted by drunk driving accidents, there are fortunately some critical pieces of driving advice you can follow.
Wear a Seatbelt
Wearing a seatbelt is the best defensive measure that people can take to protect themselves against drunk drivers as well as other types of reckless motorists. Substantial research has demonstrated that seatbelts can reduce the likelihood of incurring serious injuries or fatalities. Not only should you make sure that you wear a seatbelt, you should ensure that everyone else in your vehicle is also properly restrained.
Maintain a Sufficient Distance from Other Vehicles on the Road
Remaining at all times at least several car lengths from all other vehicles on the road will provide you with sufficient room to avoid a collision if you have to stop or swerve suddenly. If you see another driver swerving, speeding, or otherwise driving recklessly, call 911 to report it. Law enforcement can then attempt to remove the reckless driver from the road and keep others safe.
Limit Driving at Dangerous Times
Drivers should avoid or greatly limit motor vehicle operation during the times when drunk driving is most common. For one, drivers should avoid driving late at night. Many accidents involving impaired drivers occur either late in the day or early in the morning. Motorists should also remain aware of the danger of encountering impaired motorists around the holidays. The Fourth of July and New Year's Eve are holidays on which a large number of intoxicated drivers take to the roads.
Speak With a Compassionate Tennessee Accident Attorney
Tennessee accidents involving drunk drivers can leave victims facing countless complications including extensive property damage, large medical bills, and lost wages. If you or a loved one has been injured in a Tennessee car crash, you should not hesitate to speak with an experienced attorney who can help you obtain the results you deserve. Contact West Law Office today to schedule a free case evaluation.