New Year’s Day is a notoriously dangerous day to be on the road, especially in the wee hours of the morning. For one night of the year, everyone stays up late and many people enjoy more alcoholic beverages than they normally might. Though the new year brings much merriment, Philadelphia car accident attorneys find plenty of work in the first days of the year.
Just outside of Philadelphia, a two-car crash brought police on a New Year’s Day run when one car took a wide right turn and hit another car head on. Though it might be expected that the accident took place in the early morning, the crash occurred around 7 in the evening.
The driver of the first car drove away from the scene of the accident only to be followed by the second car. Police say that the driver of the first car was obviously under the influence and was taken to a hospital for blood testing.
Even if the driver is charged with the crime of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, criminal charges normally do not yield any recovery for victims of a crime. When someone is injured by another person or their property is damaged, a civil suit focusing on the negligent behavior of the other person is usually the first route to recovery.
Driving negligently can mean different things, like being distracted or driving too fast. But driving under the influence is one of the most obvious examples of negligent driving. The impairment of awareness and reaction times endangers other people too easily.
Car accidents, whether minor or serious, almost always incur damage or injury that can be costly. Seeking damages from the person at fault is one way to relieve that financial hardship.
Source: Lower Gwynedd Ambler Whitpain Patch, “Whitpain Police Reports: Blue Bell Man Arrest for DUI and Traffic Offenses,” Jan. 10, 2013