Drunk drivers are one of the most dangerous drivers on the road and unfortunately many people still choose to drink and drive. The tragedy in this is that serious injuries can take place as well as fatalities and those collisions could have been prevented if the driver had decided to refrain from getting in their car. In the age of ride sharing options like Uber and Lyft, there is no excuse to get behind the wheel if you have had too much to drink. Despite numerous tragedies, the number of people charged with impaired driving, whether by alcohol or drugs, continues to rise annually. In 2019 alone, York Region Police laid more than 1,700 impaired-related criminal driving charges.
Recognizing Drunk Driving on the Road
Although we imagine that most drunk driving cases happen late at night after consuming too many drinks at a bar or party, the reality is that a driver can be under the influence of alcohol at any time.
Some of the signs to watch out for include:
What to Do if You Spot a Drunk Driver
If you suspect that a car on the road is being operated by a person who is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, the main objective is to keep yourself safe while finding a way to get them off the road. To report a drunk driver, you need to call 911 as soon as possible either by using your hands free or you will need to pull over when it safe to do so and make the call. Let the operator know you want to report a suspected drunk driver. Give them the exact location of the vehicle and try to be as specific as possible. Your call to report a drunk driver could end up saving lives and preventing a serious accident.
Steps to Take Immediately After a Drunk Driving Collision
Unfortunately, many innocent drivers are seriously injured by an impaired driver. If you find yourself involved in a motor vehicle accident that involves an impaired driver, please keep in mind the following tips.
There are simple steps you can take to avoid driving while impaired simply by having a plan to get home safely. Have a designated driver, use public transit, call a friend or family member for a ride, or call a taxi or a ride share. There is no excuse.
At Iacobelli Law Firm, we have extensive experience representing clients who have been harmed by drunk drivers and we realize how difficult and life-changing it can be for you. We are a dedicated Ontario Personal Injury Law Firm that provides compassionate and competent legal counsel and we offer a FREE Consultation so please feel free to call us at 1-866-234-6093. We are honored to serve our clients and our community.
Andrew Iacobelli is an experienced personal injury lawyer who established Iacobelli Law Firm with offices located in Ontario, Canada as well as offices in Florida, U.S.A. Andrew restricts his practice to the representation of personal injury victims in claims involving serious injuries and wrongful death.
The car accident injury lawyers at Iacobelli Law Firm are all too familiar with the tragic consequences of impaired driving. Many of our most serious injury claims arise from car accidents involving impaired drivers. Despite the ongoing education and police enforcement, far too many drivers continue to operate motor vehicles while impaired.
The York Regional Police have recently announced the arrest of 15 drivers for impaired driving in less than 72 hours. The arrests occurred over the weekend between Friday, July 8, 2016, through Sunday July 10, 2016. Among the 15 arrested, were three that were involved in motor vehicle collisions.
We hope that the continued police enforcement will resonate with drivers. According to police, impaired driving continues to be the number one criminal cause of death in Canada. Please do Not drink and drive.
There was a serious motor vehicle accident in Vaughan Ontario on Thursday July 10, 2014. The crash involved seven vehicles at the intersection of Bathurst Street and Clark Avenue West. Reportedly, six people were transported to hospital with injuries, some with serious and critical injuries.
This Vaughan Ontario multiple car collision is being investigated by the Collision Investigation Unit of the York Regional Police. According to information released by police, investigators believe that a 2002 Volkswagen Passat had been travelling southbound on Bathurst Street at a high rate of speed and collided into three vehicles stopped at the intersection with Clark Avenue. The Volkswagen continued forward into the intersection and collided with three more vehicles . The driver of the Volkswagen has been charged with impaired driving and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.
Those injured in this Vaughan multi-vehicle crash may be able to advance claims for their injuries against the insurance company for the at-fault driver. They may also be entitled to statutory accident benefits through their own auto insurance policy. Injury claims following a serious motor vehicle accident are complex in Ontario, and it is recommended that all involved seek the advice of a Ontario car accident personal injury lawyer.
Iacobelli Law Firm is a Ontario personal injury law firm that represents those injured in car accidents throughout Ontario. We offer free consultations to injury victims and their families. For a free consultation, call us at 416-900-1070 or toll free at 1-866-234-6093.
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Andrew Iacobelli is an Ontario lawyer that restricts his practice to representing personal injury victims and their families. Andrew is the founder of Iacobelli Law Firm.