Friday, November 7, 2008

Drinking Plus Driving Equals…

Drinking and driving don’t really mix up right. Especially when you got too drunk you don’t even know you hit someone in the road, leaving the poor victim seriously injured.

Apparently, this was the case recently reported by One lady got so drunk. And going home driving, hit another lady. She didn’t even notice it due to drunkenness.

Finally in the morning she got to her senses and turned herself in. She is now facing felony charges of hit and run.

In 2006, car accident fatalities in the United States totaled to 42,642. Out of that number, pedestrian accident kills a staggering number of 4,784 while nearly 70,000 pedestrians are injured.

Statistics show that at least 1 pedestrian gets killed in a traffic accident every 110 minutes, or so.

In order to avoid pedestrian accident, the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommended some helpful tips to follow, to wit:

• Use sidewalks

• Know and obey safety rules

• Cross only at intersections and crosswalks

• Look left, right and left again for traffic before stepping of the curb

• See and be seen

• Closely watch children and teach them the safety rules

• Use the “Walkability Checklist” available at the NHTSA official website

Pedestrian accidents are covered by tort laws, which make negligent person liable for injury, damage or death of a pedestrian. Compensation may include medical bills, lost wages and property damages, as well as compensation for your pain and suffering.