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Rochester DWI Accident Reminds Us of the Dangers of Impaired Driving

Published May 10, 2011 by Scott Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney

Rochester police reported that a driver was arrested on Friday for DWI after he caused a chain-reaction crash in the city. The suspect was driving a pickup truck and slammed into the back of another vehicle which was pushed into a motorcycle. In New York, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 percent or higher.

The accident happened at 8:30 pm at the intersection of Clifford and Portland. The motorcyclist suffered broken ribs but is expected to recover. The motorcyclist was wearing a helmet. Our accident attorneys are experienced in defending your rights if you are involved in an accident involving an impaired driver in New York, including in Binghamton.

Impaired driving continues to be one of the deadliest crimes in the United States with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reporting that someone dies every 30 minutes in a DUI-related traffic accident. In 2007, more than 18,000 people were killed in car accidents involving impaired drivers.

Based upon these statistics, the truck driver in the Rochester accident was very lucky that no one suffered serious injury or death.

Research shows the impact of any alcohol on drivers is extensive. Alcohol causes poor judgment, slows reaction time, limits the ability to concentrate, and even impairs eyesight. Further, a driver with a BAC over the legal limit is three times more likely to be involved in an accident than a driver with no impairment.

The NHTSA continues to institute programs to reduce the occurrence of impaired driving using a three-pronged strategy: high-visibility law enforcement and supporting communication campaigns; enhanced prosecution and adjudication; and medical screening and brief intervention for alcohol abuse problems.

The NHTSA places special emphasis on reaching high-risk populations such as those under age 21, those ages 21 to 34, repeat offenders, and high-BAC offenders.

The injury attorneys at Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, recognize the importance of abstaining from driving under the influence of alcohol on all roads, including highways in Binghamton. We encourage NY drivers to remain alert and cautious at all times and to report suspected drunk drivers to the police.

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If you have suffered harm as the result of a New York drunk driver who caused a car accident, Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, can help. Our New York personal injury law office handles all types of accident, injury and medical malpractice cases.

As you work on recovering from your injuries, let our Binghamton, New York accident attorney’s office take care of the rest, including the paperwork, insurance documents and other legal issues related to your accident. Contact our personal injury attorney today at (607) 304-4121 or use our online contact form. There is no charge for the consultation.

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