Drunk Driver Kills Two People on Mopeds in Florence County
Posted on behalf of Harbin & Burnett on Nov 09, 2015 in Auto Accidents
A drunk driver killed two people this weekend in a tragic accident near Florence County. A 47-year-old man and a 32-year-old woman were driving mopeds early Sunday morning when they were struck and killed by an SUV. The 26-year-old driver of the SUV has been charged with two counts of felony DUI and hit-and-run.
Accidents involving alcohol are far too common in this country. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 10,076 people were killed in alcohol-impaired auto accidents in 2103. That is one-third of all traffic fatalities.
Despite widespread education and strict punishments, driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol remains common. Although there are over one million DUI arrests each year, survey studies show that the actual number of drunk drivers on the road is at least 100 times that amount.
Alcohol can impair your ability to drive in a number ways. The effects of alcohol that affect your driving skills include slowed reaction time, impaired visual perception, difficulty steering and reduced concentration. Even one drink reduces your ability to operate a motor vehicle safely. If you are sleepy or on other medications, your impairment will be multiplied.
The saddest part about drunk driving deaths is that they are entirely preventable. If you choose to drink, make sure you make a plan to avoid driving.
Steps to Avoid Drinking and Driving
- Designate a non-drinker to drive if you are going to go out drinking with friends.
- Call a taxi service or take a bus. Call ahead and reserve a driver if you know where you are going to be.
- If you are hosting a party with alcohol, make sure your guests do not drive off drunk. See that they get a sober ride home, or offer to let them sleep it off on the couch.
- Dont let your friends drive drunk and dont get in a car with someone who has been drinking.
The experienced South Carolina DUI injury attorneys at Harbin & Burnett have seen the damage caused by drunk drivers first-hand. The victims of drunk-driving accidents may suffer severe injuries, lifetime disability or even death. If you or a loved one has been hit by a drunk driver, dont let the insurance company deny your claim. Contact us today for a free consultation.