Last year a gentleman driving on the interstate through Salt Lake City rear-ended another vehicle and fled the scene, leaving his young children alone in the vehicle. After the gentleman eventually returned, he was arrested and found to be intoxicated. The children were unharmed and the careless driver was arrested. You can be sure that he immediately sought after an attorney in Salt Lake City to help reduce the costs associated with drunk driving charges.
One likes to think that drunk drivers are very rare occurrences but the truth is that they are still prominent in recent years, but statistics indicate a shift in the recent two years. According to Utah traffic statistics there has been a decline in deaths and drunk driving in Utah. Utah accident lawyers hope people continue to drive safely and that the decline continues. An attorney in Salt Lake City wants you to know that driving drunk will cost you more than money.
Last year, 240 people died on the highways in Utah. That is a 5.1 percent decline from the previous year. Drunk driving was down 2.5 percent from the previous year. However, last year is not atypical, things have been progressively improving. The number of highway deaths is down 26 percent since the year 2005. Many an attorney in Salt Lake City has questioned whether drivers are better and more competent, or if safer cars and highways account for the difference. Car manufacturers continue to develop new safety features including air bags, warning lights, and rear view cameras that can all help when driving. Additionally, seat belt laws and child restraints help to protect drivers and passengers in accidents. Hopefully, this reduction continues into Utah’s highway lined future.
Drunk driving is often associated with risky behavior and criminality but even the most law-abiding citizens can find themselves a bit too intoxicated for the wheel. The effects of alcohol impair more than just your speed while driving. Driving while inebriated inhibits your ability to distinguish the distance between your automobile and potential hazards. Alcohol is a suppressant meaning it relaxes the brain’s ability to be alert in extreme situations. Alcoholic drivers have trouble staying awake and balance on motorcycles or determining the status of caution lights on the road. Far too many Utah lawyers and residents have seen the hazardous effects that something as simple a misread traffic sign can create on the highway.
If you drive while intoxicated you run the risk of injuring yourself, but even worse you run the risk of injuring innocent people in your path. At the law firm of Shumway Van we always offers free thirty-minute consultations with a lawyer. If you have been injured in an accident, you need reliable representation from a reputable Salt Lake City law firm. Contact our office today at 8 E 300 S #550, Salt Lake City, UT 84111 or call (801) 478-8080 if you have any questions or concerns concerning your personal auto injury.