It’s important to enjoy yourself, but it’s even more important to be safe. If you’re going to drink, don’t get behind the wheel.
Scranton, PA (PRWEB) August 31, 2011
Making end-of-summer plans for the upcoming Labor Day weekend? If so, put driving sober at the top of your list, says Pennsylvania personal injury lawyer J. Christopher Munley of Scranton-based Munley, Munley & Cartwright, P.C.
“We recognize that many people throughout Pennsylvania, New York and the Northeast are making plans for the weekend, and for many, those plans include parties and other outings involving alcohol,” Munley says. “It’s important to enjoy yourself, but it’s even more important to be safe. If you’re going to drink, don’t get behind the wheel.”
For more than five decades, the nationally recognized Pennsylvania law personal injury firm of Munley, Munley & Cartwright, P.C., has sought justice and compensation for those harmed in motor vehicle accidents, including those who have been injured or lost a loved one to a drunk driver.
“Too many times, we’ve seen the tragic consequences of drunk driving accidents,” Munley says. “It impacts everyone involved. The victims are left with tremendous physical, emotional and financial damages and losses, while the drunk drivers face serious criminal and civil consequences.
“In addition to losing their license and facing jail time, drunk drivers – and their insurance companies – can be held liable for their victims’ medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. They can also be held liable for punitive damages that are aimed at deterring drunk driving.”
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, there were 1,324 traffic fatalities on the state’s highways and roads in 2010, including five people who were killed over the Labor Day weekend in an alcohol-related crash. Overall, 169 DUI accidents occurred over the 2010 Labor Day holiday..
“These aren’t just numbers – these are someone’s family members and friends,” Munley says. “That’s why our law firm devotes the entirety of our skill, experience and resources to every auto accident case that we handle. Every case is important to our clients, and it’s important to us.
“We work tirelessly to make sure our clients collect the funds they deserve, and that they receive the resolution that they need in order to carry on with their lives.”
Munley says he is encouraged that Pennsylvania state and local law enforcement officers will step up their impaired driving patrols over the weekend thanks to $4.2 million in federal funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as part of its “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.
“But law enforcement efforts alone can’t remove the threat of drunk driving,” Munley says. “It really comes down to individuals making the right choices and staying off the roads unless they’re sober.”
If a person plans to drink alcohol at a Labor Day weekend outing, Munley says they should designate a sober driver, call a cab, ride public transportation or arrange for a friend or family member to help them find a safe way home.
About Munley, Munley & Cartwright, P.C.
Munley, Munley & Cartwright, P.C., is a Pennsylvania personal injury law firm that represents motor vehicle accident victims, including those involved in car accidents, truck accident, motorcycle accidents, bus accidents, drunk driving (or DUI / DWI) accidents, SUV rollovers and van rollovers, including providing advice and counsel on issues involving auto insurance law.
Additionally, the firm has more than 40 years of experience in representing victims and consumers in personal injury litigation that includes medical malpractice, defective products, toxic chemicals, workplace injuries, nursing home litigation and other serious accidents.
Munley, Munley & Cartwright, P.C., has offices throughout Pennsylvania, including Scranton, Stroudsburg, Carbondale, Plains, Hazleton and Hamlin. To contact the law firm, call (800) 318-LAW1 or visit the firm's website.
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