Alcohol and Marijuana Play a Role in Half of Fatal Teen Accidents

Teens Driving DrunkAtlanta, GA- Because of their lack of driving experience teens are prone to traffic accidents. In fact, according to the CDC, traffic collisions are the leading cause of death among teens. Inexperience plays a role in a large number of those accidents, but a new study indicates that alcohol and marijuana are contributing factors in at least half of all fatal traffic accidents.

The study was conducted by Katherine Keyes of Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and examined fatal crash data involving motorists aged 16-25.  Researchers primarily focused on fatal accidents in California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Washington and West Virginia, according to Live Science.

After looking at the data, researchers found that drugs and alcohol were a factor in 50.3 percent fatal accidents in the states listed above. Of those accidents, 36.8 percent of the drivers tested positive for alcohol exclusively, while 5.9 percent of at-fault drivers tested positive for marijuana use and 7.9 tested positive for both, according to the Live Science. Researchers found that even with the increasing availability of marijuana (recreational pot is legal in two states) alcohol remains a larger contributor to fatal accidents for teens and young adults.

What’s more, researchers found that when motorists turned 21– the legal drinking age—the likelihood of finding alcohol alone increased by 14 percent, while the chances of finding pot alone decreased by 24 percent, according to Live Science. However, researchers found that the over-21 set were more likely to have both alcohol and marijuana in their systems than motorists under the legal drinking age.

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By |January 26th, 2015|Categories: Accident News|0 Comments

Worden Man Sentenced to 4 Years in Fatal DUI Crash

A judge recently sentenced a Worden, Madison County man to four years in prison after he pleaded guilty to charges of driving under the influence that led to the death of Allen Wempe, 26, of Staunton in an accident on Route 4 on March 25th, 2012. According to Springfield, Illinois accident attorneys following the case, the judge sentenced Roger Stryker to one more year than the minimum.

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By |January 26th, 2015|Categories: Accident News|0 Comments

Only One Victim of the Indiana Stage Collapse is not Content

Jordyn Polet’s accident attorneys consider states payout of $1,690.65 to the victim of stage collapse is unfair and unconstitutional, and wants the state to raise its liability cap even if that increases health care costs on everyone who is already facing higher health care fees.

In 2011 a stage collapsed at the Indiana State Fair causing injury and fatalities

The collapse of a stage at the State Fair in Indiana in 2011 caused seven fatalities while as many as 49 people were injured. The Indiana government is obligated to pay the maximum of $5 million such cases. However, a few experts including Rensselaer Indiana accident attorneys have found this payout to be inadequate especially when the amount has to be divided between 56 victims.

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By |January 23rd, 2015|Categories: Accident News|0 Comments

One Man Killed and a Motorcyclist is Seriously Injured in Separate Charlotte Accidents

Motorcycle CollisionCharlotte, NC- Separate accidents occurring in the Charlotte area left one man dead and sent a motorcyclist to the hospital with serious injuries.

The first accident last Saturday (Jan. 17th) on I-77 just across the North Carolina border in Fort Mill around 1:30 a.m. According to reports, Stephen Moshier, 62, of Cornelius was struck and killed when he got out of his vehicle after a previous accident, according to Fox 8 in Charlotte.

Police say Moshier got out of his vehicle to assess the damage and check on the motorist he was in an accident with when another motorist from Huntersville struck him. Moshier was pronounced dead on the scene.

The Charlotte Observer reports that police have not yet determined if the Huntersville man will be charged for the accident.

When you have lost a loved in a traffic accident it is wise for you to consult with a Charlotte accident attorney to help you decide whether you should pursue a wrongful death suit against the at-fault driver. They will explain the process so you can make an informed decision about how to best handle the loss of your loved one.

Another accident, which occurred Tuesday, left a motorcyclist suffering serious injuries. According to the Charlotte Observer, police attempted to stop a speeding motorcyclist on I-77 near Cornelius when the motorcyclist tried to allude police.

Police initiated a pursuit of the motorcyclist, who was traveling in excess of 100 mph, a followed him for several miles until he struck a car and crashed.

The motorcyclist suffered serious injuries and was taken to a local hospital. Police have not decided if he what he will be charged with.

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By |January 23rd, 2015|Categories: Accident News|0 Comments

Florida Driver Arrested For Fatal Bike Accident

a1Ft. Lauderdale, FL- Police have arrested a young man in connection with a hit-and-run accident which killed one bicyclist and injured another. Now police trying to determine if the driver was intoxicated at the time of the accident and what charges he will be facing.

WSVN reports that the accident occurred around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday morning on Cordon Boulevard near Biscayne Bay.

Alejandro Alvarez, 21, left a club in South Beach and was returning home to his parent’s house in Key Biscayne when he struck two bicyclists, WSVN reported. Even though the two bicyclists were seriously injured, Alvarez then left the scene of the accident and returned home.

One of the bicyclists, 51 year-old Walter Reyes was pronounced dead on the scene. The other bicyclist, 40 year-old Henry Hernandez, was in serious condition and was rushed to a local hospital here he remains in stable condition, according to WSVN.

Alvarez returned to the scene where he was questioned by police who noted he smelled of alcohol, his speech was slurred and had blood shot eyes. The young man told police he struck the two bicyclists when he looked down at his phone to change a song.

Alvarez is facing several charges including manslaughter and DUI.

Hit-and-run accidents are a growing problem in the U.S. According to data from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the number of fatal hit-and-run accidents that occur each year has been steadily increasing. In 2009, there were 1,274 fatal hit-and-run accidents compared to 2011 when there were 1,449 fatal hit-and-run accidents. That represents a 13 percent increase in a two-year period.

If you have been injured in a hit-and-run accident, you are going need help. It can […]

By |January 22nd, 2015|Categories: Accident News|0 Comments