The Law Offices of Mark E. Salomone, personal injury lawyers in Massachusetts, encourages government officials to take steps to reduce the number of driving under the influence accidents.
Boston, MA (PRWEB) May 27, 2012
The Springfield personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Mark E. Salomone say government officials should take action to reduce the number of drunk driving accidents and impaired driving crashes.
At a recent forum in Washington, D.C., federal officials discussed ways to keep the nation’s roads safe from intoxicated or drugged drivers.
As auto accident lawyers in Boston, the attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark E. Salomone have seen first-hand how devastating a Massachusetts drunk driving car accident can be. According to the firm’s website, http://www.marksalomone.com, every two minutes someone is injured and every 30 minutes someone is killed due to the negligence of a drunk driver.
According to a report in the Detroit News, Debbie Hersman, the chairwoman of the National Transportation Safety Board, said the percentage of alcohol-related fatalities has remained unchanged since 1995 – between 30 percent and 32 percent.
“We need fresh approaches, renewed commitment and the will – the personal and the political will – to make a difference,” Hersman said, according to the Detroit News. “With so many crashes and lost lives, it could be easy to grow complacent and think the task is too daunting – that we can never eliminate substance-impaired driving.”
Some states require ignition interlocks, which are designed to prevent a driver from starting the car. At the forum, officials said these devices are a crucial component of drunk driving prevention. According to the Detroit News, the president of Mothers Against Drunk Driving said ignition interlocks turn “cars into the cure.”
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 124 people were killed in Massachusetts in accidents in which at least one driver had a blood-alcohol content of .08 percent or above.
Nationwide, the number of driving under the influence deaths dropped to 10,228 last year, from 18,611 in 1988.
“Survivors of drunk driving accidents are often left with extensive emotional as well as physical trauma and injuries,” according to the website for the Law Offices of Mark E. Salomone. “You may seek compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, repair to property damage, loss of time and money from work, and other accident-related costs not only from the driver, but also from the supplier of the alcohol.”
About the Law Offices of Mark E. Salomone
The personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Mark E. Salomone are committed to pursuing compensation for victims of accidents and negligence. Serving Boston, Springfield, Worcester and communities throughout Massachusetts, the law firm provides quality representation in a variety of legal areas, including personal injury, medical malpractice, product liability, dog bites and more. Contact the firm by calling 1-800-WIN-WIN-1 or by visiting http://www.marksalomone.com.