Legal News Archive by Area: Drunk Driving Accidents
January 12, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Public perception of the dangers of drunk driving has mostly trended in the right direction for the last four decades. Since MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) was founded in 1980, outreach by educators, experts, and law enforcement has slowly lowered the rate at which people drive while under the influence. Drunk driving education takes place in most high schools, targeting students who are not yet even old enough to drive to make it clear to them how unsafe this behavior is.
Continue Reading: A Setback with Drunk Driving Arrests
December 29, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
The month of December wraps up with three major holidays, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve. Each of these dates brings with it significant risk factors that should be at the forefront of a person’s mind as they navigate the season. Safety should be paramount at all times.
Continue Reading: Tis the Season for Holiday Accidents
November 21, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
If you are on the streets, in a parking lot, or any other place that a drunk driver can reach with their vehicle, then you are at risk. There is nowhere that is completely safe, because there is nowhere that an intoxicated person will not potentially drive. When under the effects of alcohol, people make bad decisions, including responding to a call for volunteer firefighters.
Continue Reading: Drunk Driving Accidents Happen Any Time, Any Place
July 29, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Sometimes it takes a national news story to draw attention to problems that exist everywhere. On July 21st, 2017, 18-year-old Obdulia Sanchez was driving under the influence, with two minors in the backseat. Her sister was not wearing a seat belt, and died when Obdulia crashed into a fence.
Continue Reading: Social Media and Drunk Driving Prove to be a Deadly Combination
June 20, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
There is little you can do to keep the other people on the road from driving drunk. If you see something that indicates another driver is under the influence, you can call the police and report the license plate and the location, but you can’t directly intervene. All you can do is keep your distance and keep safe.
Continue Reading: Avoiding Drunk Drivers to Stay Safe on the Road
March 17, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
St. Patrick’s is always a high risk day for drunk driving accidents. Bars are fuller and people get more inebriated on St. Patrick’s Day, and it’s not only people of Irish heritage who choose to celebrate. Police set up checkpoints, which are excellent for safety, but can cause traffic snarls for those who aren’t interested in drinking. Planning alternate paths around the busy drinking sections of your city or town is highly recommended.
Continue Reading: St. Patrick’s Day Could Be Particularly Risky This Year
February 28, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
The numbers are staggering: 28, 21, 7, .232. Digits that now define a single accident, has the entire country reeling as they and those involved must now face the truth of the dangers of drunk driving. 28 people were injured, including 21 who needed to be hospitalized. The closest hospital’s trauma units were overwhelmed, and all told 7 different hospitals were needed to care for the wounded. The most staggering number of all, the driver of the pickup truck responsible for the carnage blew a .232 percent on the breathalyzer—three times the legal limit.
Continue Reading: A Street Parade Tragedy in New Orleans
December 22, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Alcohol plays a big part of the holidays. Parties and gatherings with family, friends and co-workers include wine, beer and other spirits to go with the celebration. Unfortunately, that means there is a greater risk of intoxicated drivers getting behind the wheel and causing a serious accident. And while the dangers of drunk driving have been conveyed to the public for years, one company is taking a different approach: have a person experience being involved in a fatal alcohol-related crash through a virtual reality immersion experience.
Continue Reading: Using Virtual Reality to Stop Drunk Driving Accidents
March 17, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
St. Patrick’s Day is a day to celebrate being Irish. Even if you’re not Irish, it is a day to celebrate Irish culture. Whether you are one of the millions of parade spectators on 5th Avenue or someone who decides to wear green for the day, March 17th is considered a day of celebration. Unfortunately, it has also become a day known for excessive drinking, which increases the risk of drunk drivers on the road.
Continue Reading: A Sobering Reminder on Drunk Driving for St. Patrick’s Day
February 05, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
The Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers are ready to battle it out for the Lombardi Trophy in Super Bowl 50. Super Bowl Sunday is widely considered to be one of the biggest party days of the year. However, it is also one of the most dangerous days to be on the road, as the chances of being involved in an accident with a drunk driver significantly increases.
Continue Reading: Be Aware of Drunk Drivers on Super Bowl Sunday
January 29, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
No one should ever be able to receive 17 DUIs without suffering serious consequences, but that has been the case for a woman from Bedford County, Tennessee. She recently received her 17th arrest for DUI and her 16th arrest for driving on a suspended license, and yet she keeps being set free to make the same terrible decision again and again.
Continue Reading: Drunk Driving: How Much Is Enough?
January 19, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
We like to think of a new year as a new start, a chance to change the things that need changed. We want to put aside our past mistakes and make better choices for ourselves and our lives. The turning of one year to the next is one of our best chances to really evaluate where we are in life and where we want to be.
Continue Reading: New Year, Same Problem
January 08, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
There’s no possibility for a happy ending once a tragedy has occurred. And the tragedy occurred at the very beginning of this story, when Ethan Couch killed four people while drunk driving on June 15th, 2013.
Continue Reading: Introducing Affluenza to the System
December 07, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Drunk drivers are the scourge of the roads, causing thousands of unnecessary deaths and disfigurements each year. No driver is ever completely safe from drunk drivers, as there is no neighborhood or time or day where drunk drivers are not on the road. Pedestrians are not always safe, as crossing the wrong road at the wrong time can get one killed. Bicyclists must be constantly vigilant against be sideswiped by a drunk driver. Now, it is clear that even accident investigators are not safe.
Continue Reading: Investigators at Risk in Drunk Driving Incidents
November 18, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
On March 5th, 2015, off-duty police officer Pedro Abad was arrested for drunk driving after an accident that left two people dead. He had been driving the wrong way down the turnpike when the accident occurred. This wasn’t Abad’s first drunk driving arrest. He had already been cited multiple times for driving under the influence, yet somehow still had his license.
Continue Reading: No Excuses for Drunk Driving
November 12, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Maybe this is the catalyst for change.
Continue Reading: When a Homecoming Parade Turns Deadly
September 09, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Since their creation, cell phones have been associated with increasing the likelihood of a car accident occurring. Even now, decades after their first appearance, cell phones are a nuisance on the roads. Texting and driving is a scourge on society, injuring and killing thousands of people a year. But a new app for iPhones and Android devices could actually help prevent accidents.
Continue Reading: An App to Prevent Drunk Driving
July 21, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Sometimes it takes a truly terrible tragedy to remind people of the smaller tragedies that happen every day. One such tragedy occurred in Vallejo, California on June 19th, 2015, when a car swerved onto the sidewalk, striking six pedestrians, leaving one dead and more in critical condition.
Continue Reading: Drunk Driving and Six Pack Ends Six Lives
June 12, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
It’s become common knowledge that driving on certain holidays is dangerous. Drunk drivers are much more common on New Year’s Eve, Halloween, the day of the Super Bowl, and St. Patrick’s Day than they are on most other days. But when looking at the calendar, holidays aren’t the only thing to watch for. Each community will have other days where drunk driving is more common, and you should pay attention to those dates.
Continue Reading: Drunk Driving Accidents: Mark Your Calendar
May 07, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
"It’s just one beer. It’s been an hour since my last drink. I don’t feel drunk. I just have a little buzz." If you spend much time with people who are drinking alcohol, you will hear these excuses and more when they ask for their keys. Don’t hand the keys over. Just because a person thinks they are safe to drive doesn’t mean they are.
Continue Reading: Drunk Driving: Buzzed Driving
May 05, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
As if alcohol abuse isn’t a big enough problem in America, a new product is going to make it even easier to get drunk. Palcohol, which was approved for sale by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, sounds like an adult version of Kool-Aid. Just mix the powder into water and you have one of four drinks, including a Margarita and a Cosmopolitan.
Continue Reading: Drunk Driving Accidents: Powdered Death
February 09, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
By now everyone is aware of the danger posed by drunk drivers. We have all heard the terrible stories of death and dismemberment on the streets and highways of this country. But drunk drivers don’t just present a danger on the roads. They present dangers on rivers, lakes, and even on the ocean, as well.
Continue Reading: Drunk Driving: Unsafe Motorways and Waterways
December 30, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
It isn’t only drivers who need to be nervous on New Year’s Eve. Actually, it isn’t even New Year’s Eve people should be worried about. Data from the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration details that it is actually New Year’s Day itself that is the most dangerous day to drive, mostly because the majority of drunk driving takes place after the ball drops.
There is no way to completely protect yourself either. You can call a cab to get you home, but the cab must still share the road with plenty of other drunk drivers. In larger cities public transportation is a possibility, but there are serious dangers involved in boarding a train or a subway after a night of partying. Even walking home is no good, as you still have to cross streets and hope a drunk driver doesn’t hit you.
Continue Reading: Drunk Driving Accidents: What Drivers and Pedestrians Have in Common
December 12, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Americans have mostly warmed up to the importance of bike safety. After years and years of terrible accidents, most parents insist their children wear proper safety equipment when riding a bike. Though at one time we were young and rode our bikes without head protection, we don’t let our kids. The rules of the road are drilled into children’s heads from a very young age.
Continue Reading: Drunk Driving Accidents: Far Too Common
November 24, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
It should have been the happiest day of his life. It should have been a new beginning, a day where he and his wife took their first steps into their new shared experience. It should have been all those things, but bad choices led to a very bad outcome. Instead of the happiest girl in the world, the new bride was left the unhappiest widow.
Continue Reading: Drunk Driving: The Unhappiest Widow
October 23, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
It can be hard to learn a lesson just from watching the downfall of others. We always assume that we are somehow different, and that those same terrible things can’t happen to us. We have a better idea of just how tired or drunk we are, and we would never drive if we thought we would put others at risk.
Continue Reading: Drunk Driving: One of Your Own
September 18, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
We like to give people the benefit of the doubt, even when they are making poor choices. We like to believe that people learn from their mistakes, and that once they are forced to face the consequences of their bad behavior, they will change. A story out of Long Island shows this isn’t always the case.
Continue Reading: Drunk Driving: Jeopardizing the Kids
December 24, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
They're out there. Drunk drivers, that is. And, especially around the holidays from the beginning of December until after the New Year. While many hosts now offer cab service for intoxicated guests or an invitation to stay overnight, there are still a few who should not be out on the road and still are. It's the season where everyone gears up for festivities that will ring in the new year. That list includes excessive eating, drinking and unfortunately driving—not a good combination.
Continue Reading: Holiday and New Year’s Eve Parties: Watch for Drunk Drivers
November 12, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
The holidays bring about all types of festive activities from holiday parties, to visiting family and friends, to flight and train travel, to annual milestone events and much, much more. With those holiday parties and festivities often comes celebrating in the form of drinking–excessively. Whether you are meeting up with friends at the local pub before or after shopping, or have a full-blown party to attend, here are some things to watch for so the festivities don’t get out of hand:
Continue Reading: Drinking and Driving: ‘Tis the Season to Be Aware
July 09, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Sometimes you can’t avoid driving home late at night. Whether you or your group of friends have chosen to imbibe or not, driving home in a cab or with a designated driver after midnight is a common occurrence when one is out and about on the weekend. But, even when you are careful, there may be others on the road who are not. Night time is the time when most people are careless about getting behind the wheel. They fail to use their seatbelts. They fall asleep or become distracted by other devices while driving and speeding. During the month, weekends show a spike in accident activity as more people are out socializing and taking weekend road trips. A good percentage of those involved in accidents from speeding or drunk driving also fail to wear seatbelts.
Continue Reading: Drunk Driving and Other Accidents: The Worst Times to be on the Road
June 05, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
The release of Jackie Hance’s memoir, “I’ll See You Again” has brought a tragic accident back into the forefront relaying the story of the accident that claimed the lives of Hance’s three young girls. While meant to embrace the legacy that their short-lived lives promised, the girls were killed in an accident when Hance’s sister-in-law drove the wrong way on a divided highway in New York. We’re reminded again about driving under the impairment of drugs and alcohol, and we’re left wondering what happens when our children are in the care of another person.
Continue Reading: When a Caregiver Causes Injury or Death
April 05, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Alcohol and other drug abuses have no limits. From the infrequent “social drinker” to the person who cannot get through the day without their drug of choice, we see it sadly affect those as young as nine years old, to working moms and dads, to those who have abused substances all their lives. Alcohol is the drug of choice for many abusers, and when it comes to drinking and driving there is no boundary for those involved.
Continue Reading: Alcohol-Related Car Accidents: What Happens When You Are A Victim?