Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is always dangerous. Alcohol is a central nervous suppressant, and it dulls reflexes and awareness, drastically increasing the risk of an accident occurring. Many drunk drivers overcorrect out of fear of accidents, driving too slowly and never changing lanes. Though this will not prevent all accidents, it is much safer than those who mix drunk driving with aggressive driving.
A New Jersey man is facing charges of vehicular homicide and assault with a motor vehicle in connection to a December 2nd accident that left one person dead and 8 more injured. David Lamar V was intoxicated, speeding, and changing lanes recklessly when he crossed the center line into a head on collision.
Though the legal system is attempting to hold Mr. Lamar accountable for the death he caused, those he injured are still struggling with pain and suffering, and are likely facing significant hospital bills whenever they are discharged. They are also left to put the pieces of their lives back together after the loss of their friend.
Driving while under the influence is responsible for one-third of all fatal accidents, and aggressive driving is responsible for hundreds of deaths per year. There would be traffic accidents even if every driver followed the law, as sometimes there are inescapable scenarios where even responsible driving is not good enough, but fatalities would be rare if people did not engage in dangerous behaviors behind the wheel.
If you or someone you love has been injured or killed by an aggressive driver, or by a person driving under the influence, please consult with an experienced attorney. Understanding your rights under the law can be difficult, and a qualified lawyer will help you determine how to proceed with your case.