Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) March 15, 2014
A recent nationwide study revealing that even a legally acceptable amount of alcohol consumption will increase the risk of a driver being involved in a deadly car accident illustrates just how dangerous drinking and driving can be, according to Philadelphia personal injury lawyer Randall C. Flager of Flager & Associates, PC.
Flager expressed his comments in response to an article published by U.S. News & World Report about the effect of small amounts of alcohol on drivers. (“‘Buzzed’ Drivers Who Are Under Legal Limit to Blame in Many Fatal Crashes,” Jan, 22, 2014)
“This study demonstrates that even having one beer or glass of wine affects a person’s ability to drive safely,” Flager said. “Drunk driving accidents have long wreaked havoc on the lives of people throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey, states which are served by our law firm. We have worked with victims who have had their lives torn apart by drunk drivers. That’s why we take the findings of this study very seriously. This study could lead to changes in the law. For now, all drivers should think twice about getting behind the wheel after having anything to drink. Your safest bet is not to drink and drive.”
The study focusing on “buzzed driving” was organized by sociologist David Philips of the University of California, San Diego, according to U.S. News & World Report. As part of the study, researchers examined more than 570,700 fatal auto accidents nationwide between 1994 and 2011. The researchers then focused their attention on accidents involving drivers with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.01 to 0.07, News & World Report reported. The legal limit BAC limit is 0.08 in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and many other states.
According to the study, drivers who had a BAC of 0.01 were 46 percent more likely to be officially blamed for causing an accident than sober drivers, U.S. News & World Report reported. And the higher a driver’s BAC, the more likely the driver would cause a fatal auto accident, according to U.S. News & World Report.
"We find no safe combination of drinking and driving - no point at which it is harmless to consume alcohol and get behind the wheel of a car," Phillips said in a university news release quoted by U.S. News & World Report.
Alcohol is a major factor in many deadly accidents, said car accident attorney Flager. “We hope this study will serve as a wake-up call for all drivers about the dangers of drinking and driving,” Flager said. “If you are in an accident caused by a drunk driver, even someone who is not ‘legally’ intoxicated, you should seek the advice of legal counsel. An attorney can help hold the negligent individual accountable and send a strong message that drinking and driving will not be tolerated.”
For more information about what to do after a drunk driving accident in Pennsylvania or New Jersey and the legal options available to injury victims, call (215) 953-5200 or complete the online contact form.
About Flager & Associates, PC
Experienced Pennsylvania personal injury lawyer Randall C. Flager founded Flager & Associates, PC, in order to provide exceptional legal advice to residents in New Jersey, Philadelphia, Bucks County and throughout Pennsylvania. The law firm focuses on auto accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, workplace accidents, product liability and slip and fall accidents. Attorney Flager and his staff work closely with each client and have a strong track record for obtaining large verdicts and settlements. The law firm works on a contingency fee basis. As a result, clients only pay for legal services if they win.
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