Marlton, NJ (PRWEB) January 07, 2013
State police in Pennsylvania have released figures about motor vehicle crashes occurring over the holiday, and the numbers are not pretty. The Star Gazette reports accidents claimed the lives of seven people and injured 315 others from December 21 through Christmas. In total, 1,336 collisions took place during that span in Pennsylvania with 108 involving alcohol, the report states. Collision and death numbers are up from the previous year, though state police officials were quick to note that the holiday period was longer in 2012 than in 2011. Richard P. Console Jr., a car accident lawyer in Philadelphia since 1994, has a few ideas on what it takes to increase safety on the area’s busy roadways.
“The holiday driving season puts many motorists in unfamiliar areas where they’re not used to the traffic patterns or volumes of vehicles sharing the roads,” Console said. “Drivers unaccustomed to Philadelphia could be intimidated and make a hasty decision that places many lives in danger. It’s about patience, and planning ahead to know where you’re going. A lost driver is a risky driver.”
Troopers in Pennsylvania made 348 arrests for alcohol-related offenses over the holiday and cited 2,152 drivers for speeding. The Star Gazette noted that accident data only shows those investigated by Pennsylvania State Troopers. Stats compiled by state law enforcement officials do not include accidents, fatalities, arrests, and injuries handled by local law enforcement agencies, including the Philadelphia Police Department. The fact that fatalities and total automotive collisions are up from 2011 without the inclusion of all relevant data concerns Console.
“We haven't even seen the total numbers on accidents and fatalities in the state over the holiday season, and already the data is shocking," Console said. "How high will the death toll rise when the state factors in local law enforcement actions? It begs a larger question, and that is, are we doing enough to reduce accidents and deaths at a time when we should be enjoying the company of our families? Enforcement is only one component of the overall strategy needed to make safer roads. Responsibility rests with drivers, the people behind the wheel. Don’t get so wrapped up in making to a holiday party that you cut someone off in traffic and cause a major accident. Arriving somewhere five minutes faster isn’t worth someone else losing their life or becoming permanently injured.”
In 2011, state police in Pennsylvania reported five deaths over the December holiday season while another 169 sustained injuries. There were a total of 509 car accidents during that period in 2011, a significantly lower number than crash total for 2012.
Richard P. Console Jr. is the managing partner of Console & Hollawell P.C., a personal injury law firm advocating for accident victims throughout Pennsylvania. The firm’s award-winning attorneys have obtained more than $30,000,000 in compensation for their clients, including those injured in car accidents.