This time of year can be extremely hazardous on the roads because of the holiday traffic. People are rushing to finish holiday shopping, leaving town for the holidays, or simply trying to get to and from work as they do every other day of the year. Unfortunately, it is also a time of year where we see an increase in drunk driving incidents. Sadly, deaths from alcohol-impaired driving accidents increased from 2015 to 2016. According to the NHTSA, 10,497 people lost their lives in DUI accidents during 2016. California had the second highest number of DUI fatalities in the nation with 1,059 deaths in 2016. Now that the holidays are upon us, the chance of being involved in a drunk driving accident increases.
As we approach the Thanksgiving Holiday, we need to keep in mind that some individuals might get behind the wheel of their vehicle after enjoying too many holiday alcoholic beverages. Thanksgiving begins the holiday season for many people. Unfortunately, Thanksgiving may be a day of mourning for some families who lose a loved one in a DUI accident on California roads. Sadly, some families will not enjoy the holidays this year because a careless individual chose to get behind the wheel impaired by alcohol.
Drunk and drugged drivers pose a real and deadly threat to everyone on the road. Drivers using alcohol or drugs have a higher risk of being involved in a traffic accident due to their impaired abilities. Because you cannot stop everyone from getting behind the wheel when they are drunk or drugged, you need to know the signs of an impaired driver so you can report the suspected driver to the police and get out of his way.
In a tragic DUI accident near Hanford last week, a thirteen-year-old boy along with his father and mother were killed. The teenager and his father died at the scene while mother passed away after arriving at the hospital. According to a sibling, “with a snap of a finger,” the family of six is now a family of three. According to reports, the family was returning from the son’s basketball practice in Fresno when the car they were riding in was struck. A 1992 Chevy pickup ran a stop sign at the intersection of Idaho Avenue and Highway 43. The crash was still under investigation, but the California Highway Patrol said that the 42-year old driver of the truck was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. He could face multiple felony charges once he is released from the hospital.
According to a Your Central Valley report by Eric Luttrell, the victim in a DUI accident was identified as a 59-year old man from Kerman. The crash occurred on Jensen between Grantland and Chateau Fresno. The driver of the other vehicle has been charged with felony DUI as a result of the crash. In addition to impaired driving, investigators said that the dense fog might have also contributed to the traffic accident.
Driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs is extremely dangerous. Thousands of people are killed or injured in drunk driving accidents each year across the United States. The intoxicated person not only takes his life into his hands but he risks the lives and health of everyone on the road when he chooses to get behind the wheel. Because of the risk to the public, California takes a very serious stance against drunk driving. As Christmas and New Year’s Eve approach, the number of drunk drivers on the road is expected to increase. Many of these drivers will be hitting the road after a holiday party. If that is the case, can you hold the bar or host responsible if the drunk driver causes an accident that injures another person?