Fourth of July, 2014 was a fatal day for two passengers in a speeding car
on the New York State Thruway. The driver was under the influence of alcohol
and driving 150 miles per hour when he crashed the vehicle. The two decedents
were residents of Dutchess County and Greene County.
The driver survived and was arrested by the New York State Police. He faced
multiple felony charges including DWI and aggravated vehicular homicide.
Our experienced Newburgh personal injury attorneys sincerely hope that the victim’s families are healing from their
tragic losses. Perhaps nothing hurts more than seeing two young people
die in such a senseless accident. Unfortunately, driving drunk on the
Fourth of July has become the norm for too many motorists in New York.
Even though county after county has announced Fourth of July drunk driving
checkpoint campaigns for the upcoming holiday, some motorists will still
drive under the influence of alcohol.
Armed with this knowledge, how can people stay safe from dangerous drivers?
The surest way to stay safe from dangerous drivers is by not going out
of the house at all on Independence Day. Such is not entirely feasible
and nor should people have to lock themselves inside their homes, fearing
possible injury. With that said, staying home is still an option.
People will still go out to celebrate. For those people choosing to go
out and celebrate, there are many things to do that will increase safety.
First, never get into a vehicle with an intoxicated driver. If the driver
will not listen to reason, the driver can go alone. Make sure to report
the affair to the authorities right away.
Planning for a safe ride home is a good option too. If you know you will
drink on the holiday, take a cab, the bus, or perhaps walk. Many companies
sponsor free rides home, so the cab fare is not a barrier to call for a ride.
If you see a car driving erratically, call the police. Do not engage with
the vehicle; do not approach and do not follow. The police are the only
authority trained on apprehending
Also realize that celebrating the holiday does not have to include getting
drunk. Fun can be had with only one or two alcoholic drinks, and it can
be fun without alcohol entirely.
If an accident does happen, stay calm and dial 911. Check on the safety
of those around you and document the accident scene. Drunk drivers violate
criminal law and civil law; victims will be able to hold the offending
driver responsible in a court of law.
Learn more about July Fourth safety tips from our New York Personal Injury
our latest article posted here. Read more about how to stay safe during pyrotechnic shows on July Fourth in
our blog posted here.
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Mainetti, Mainetti, and O’Connor, P.C. have over 100 years of combined experience working with victims of personal
injury accidents throughout New York. We understand how to effectively
represent clients who have been injured in serious car accidents, particularly
throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley region in Kingston, Poughkeepsie, and
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