Over the Fourth of July Weekend in Michigan, five people lost their lives in separate motor vehicle crashes around the state. According to Click On Detroit, these preliminary numbers are down for traffic crashes during the 2014 Fourth of July holiday weekend. In 2014, in Michigan alone, there were 12 deaths in 11 traffic accidents. The Michigan State Police say they're trying to help reduce traffic deaths by encouraging seat belt usage and stepping up patrols to prevent drunk driving incidents.
Over the Fourth of July holiday weekend, drinking is common for a lot of adults. It's important that there is always a designated driver when people are under the influence. If there is no designated driver, it can lead to alcohol-impaired driving, which commonly results in auto accidents, injuries, and oftentimes, death. According to the CDC, every day, almost 30 people in the United States alone, die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver, which on average, is one death every 51 minutes.
Impaired driving should be avoided at all times. Impaired driving includes being under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or any other substance which can affect the driver's state of mind or reaction time. Drugs and alcohol can impair you and affect your driving in multiple ways including, perception, vision, judgement, motor skills, memory skills, and more. Driving impaired puts your life at risk as well as the other people in the vehicle with you, and other drivers on the the road. If you intend to drink, make sure you have a designated driver.
If you have been injured in a car or motorcycle accident due to an alcohol-impaired driving incident, contact a lawyer at The Michigan Law Firm, PLLC. Our accident attorneys are experienced in handling all types of auto accident and motorcycle accident cases. Call 844.4MI.FIRM for a free consultation today.