West Virginia Car Accident Lawyer at Recht Law Offices Weighs In On Drunk Driving Increase

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West Virginia personal injury attorney Steven Recht of Recht Law Offices praises recent efforts to reduce drunk driving in the state, but said more work needs to be done.

While West Virginia state police are working hard to crack down on intoxicated drivers, there is still much work to be done to protect the public.

West Virginia drunk driving accident lawyer Steven Recht said today a recent spike in the number of impaired driving accidents in the state illustrates the need for more efforts to keep the roads safe. The number of drunk driving accidents in West Virginia rose by 3.4 percent in 2011, unlike the rest of the country, where drunk driving accidents declined by 1.9 percent the same year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

“It’s alarming that West Virginia drunk driving accidents are on the rise,” said Recht, whose firm represents people injured due to the negligence of drunk drivers. “While West Virginia state police are working hard to crack down on intoxicated drivers, there is still much work to be done to protect the public.”

In 2011, 90 people died in drunk driving accidents in West Virginia, according to the NHTSA. In contrast, 87 people died in West Virginia in drunk driving accidents in 2010. Such figures represent a 3.4 percent increase in the number of drunk driving deaths statewide. In contrast, the number of drunk driving deaths nationwide decreased by 632 or 1.9 percent from 10,136 deaths in 2010 to 9,878 deaths in 2011, according to the NHTSA data released in December 2012.

Since then, the West Virginia state police have been taking a tough stance against drunk driving. Most recently, state police arrested 67 people for driving under the influence (DUI) on March 1, 2 and 3 statewide, according to the Fayette Tribune on March 11.

“While there is no doubt that the police efforts are making a difference, I believe stronger laws with stricter penalties are needed,” said Recht, a personal injury attorney in West Virginia. “Anti-drunk driving educational campaigns can also help keep intoxicated drivers off the road. People need to understand the tragic consequences of driving drunk.”

During the March 1-3 drunk driving blitz in West Virginia, state police also issued 352 traffic citations, 1,767 traffic warnings and arrested 23 people for driving under the influence on a revoked license, according to WVVA.com (March 5, 2013).

Unfortunately, the police don’t always catch every drunk driver until it’s too late, Recht said. “When police don’t stop a drunk driver, some of these drivers end up causing very serious, sometimes fatal car accidents,” Recht said. “The pain and suffering caused by these accidents often lasts for years after the accident, especially if a loved one dies in the crash. That’s why we work so hard for families dealing with the loss of a loved one in a fatal drunk driving accident in West Virginia. These families have already suffered enough. They shouldn’t have to worry about dealing with insurance companies or all the other complicated hassles that often come up after such a serious accident.”

About Recht Law Offices
Recht Law Offices handles all types of serious personal injury and wrongful death cases in West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania, from car and truck accidents to nursing home abuse, slip and fall injuries and workers compensation claims. The attorneys at Recht Law Offices work on a contingency fee basis. That means clients pay nothing if they don’t win. For more information about what to do after a drunk driving accident in West Virginia and the options available to families, call 1-800-HURTLINE (1-800-487-8546) or use the firm’s online contact form. Recht Law Offices is located at 3405 Main Street, Weirton, WV 26062-4505.

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