Drunk Driving Accidents
Every day is the U.S., 29 people are killed in motor vehicle crashes involving a drunk driver, according to CDC. That amounts to one death every 50 minutes. Alcohol-impaired fatalities involving drivers with blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or higher accounted for 30% of all traffic deaths nationwide in 2020, as stated by the National Safety Council (NSC). Among traffic fatalities in 2020, the following had a BAC of .08% or greater, as reported by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS):
Under dram shop laws, people who serve alcoholic beverages at bars, restaurants, and other business establishments in Massachusetts have a responsibility to carefully monitor the behavior of their patrons for signs of intoxication.
When a bar fails to stop serving someone who is clearly drunk, or if they neglect to check the ID of a patron who is underage, and the person they serve goes on to harm someone else in an automobile accident, the victim and their family have the right to sue the bar and its employees for damages.
In most car accidents, responsibility is pinned on the driver who caused the collision. Naturally, if someone acted recklessly, such as driving while intoxicated, then they should be the one responsible for paying for any victim’s medical bills and other damages.
Individuals of Irish descent make up Boston’s biggest ethnic population. So it’s no wonder that St. Patrick’s Day in the city is filled with massive celebrations.
Contrary to St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in Ireland, where pubs shut down and people tend to go to church, the Irish who came to America celebrate their heritage with lots of fun festivities. And those celebrations often include drinking. While having a few pints with your friends can be lots of fun, we at DiBella Law Offices, P.C., want to remind you to stay safe at the same time.
While Uber has claimed that its ride-hailing app reduces the amount of drunk drivers on the road, Lyft has made no such claims. But that doesn’t mean this particular ridesharing company isn’t trying to do something about it.
Recently, Lyft teamed up with Budweiser to help curb drunk driving incidents this holiday season. But it does once again bring up the question: do ride-hail apps really help decrease drunk drivers on the roads?
It’s no secret that New England is home to some of the best Oktoberfest celebrations this time of year. In fact, many New Englanders wouldn’t even consider letting the season pass without hitting up at least one of them. But in these glorious Teutonic celebrations of culture and food, there are often many libations served.
That’s why now is the time to start thinking about who’s going to be your designated driver.
Although Labor Day weekend is seen as a celebratory end cap to summer, it also happens to be one of the most dangerous weekends to be driving. Statistically, Labor Day is among the most fatal holiday weekends – according to the Insurance Information Institute, Labor Day weekend accounts for hundreds of fatal alcohol-related car accidents every year. If you find yourself taking legal action after sustaining injuries in a drunk driving accident over Labor Day Weekend, it’s important that you know and understand your legal options.