There may be a problem with drinking and driving following happy hour or a night out at a party or bar, but many never consider the fact that there are drunk drivers on the roads during the day time as well. Although there are far more drunk driving crashes during the night than the day, about nine to eleven percent of the accidents involving alcohol are daytime collisions.
Unfortunately, the innocent people affected are other drivers, motorcyclists, and even pedestrians. When people choose to travel by foot over fuel, they are more vulnerable and at a high risk for injuries and fatalities in alcohol-impaired crashes—no matter the time of day.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the following information involving daytime alcohol-impaired fatal crashes from 2009 includes:
- 2,934 fatal crashes between 9:00 a.m. to Noon
- 3,981 fatal crashes between Noon to 3:00 p.m.
- 4,944 fatal crashes between 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
While not all the victims of these fatal crashes were pedestrians, a good amount of the victims were innocent pedestrians. Sadly, fatal Georgia pedestrian accidents that occur from drunk drivers—during the day or night—take place at the following locations:
- Street corners/curbs
- Along the side of the road
- Bike lanes
- Parking lots
This means that pedestrians are never safe when walking the streets of Georgia. A drunk driver can run a red light, hop a curb, or swerve and plow into a pedestrian walking along the side of the road or crossing the street. When pedestrians are hit by vehicles, they often suffer critical injuries and fatalities.
If you have been injured by a drunk or negligent driver, or if your loved one was killed, you have rights to a legal recovery. To find out about the compensation you deserve, you should speak with an experienced Peachtree City pedestrian injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Shane Smith today in a free consultation at (770) 487-8999.