DUI Suspected in Modesto Area Accident
I’m Ed Smith, a Modesto personal injury attorney. A two-vehicle accident occurred near the Ninth Street Bridge in Modesto during the morning of Saturday, March 17, 2018.
Officers from the Modesto Police Department responded to the scene of an auto accident along B Street and Ninth Street at approximately 9:40 am. When authorities arrived at the scene, they discovered two pickup trucks involved in the collision. Officials released a public statement that drugs or alcohol may have been a factor in the crash. However, the exact cause is not yet known due to pending investigation.
Effects of Alcohol on Driving
Consuming alcohol can have a profound effect on vital skills of driving such as:
- Decision Making
- Reaction Time
Signs of an Intoxicated Motorist
Knowing some of the signs in identifying an intoxicated motorist on the road can be useful to avoid a serious collision. Some of these signs include:
- Coming to a sudden stop without reason
- Colliding with fixed objects such as parked vehicles
- Driving at night without headlights
- Driving with the windows rolled down during cold weather conditions
- Driving too slow or speeding
- Turning wide
- Veering out of the lane
Drunk Driving in Stanislaus County
According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, a 2015 report indicated 4,050 total victims suffering serious injury or death caused by motor vehicle accidents in Stanislaus County. Of these incidents, approximately 441 involved drunk driving. There were 25 reports of under-aged drunk drivers while 145 involved intoxicated motorists ages 21 to 34.
Drunk Driving Accidents and Personal Injuries
Drunk driving can happen anytime and result in life-changing consequences. Some of the common injuries sustained in these collisions include:
The cost of drunk driving accidents totals more than $200 billion dollars each year. This finding comes from an extensive list of losses including property damage, emergency services, wage loss and medical expenses.
Drunk Driving Accident Statistics
A drunk driving accident has the potential to result in traumatic injury or even the loss of a life. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that 10,497 parties suffered fatal injuries in such incidents in 2016 alone. This number accounted for 29 people passing away each day – with a rate of one life lost every 50 minutes in these senseless accidents. If you or a loved one has suffered significant harm in an accident involving a drunk driver, contact an experienced personal injury attorney in Modesto to protect your right to fair compensation for all resulting losses.
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