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NHTSA: Cinco de Mayo Safety

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently advertising their Cinco-de-Mayo-themed public safety campaign aimed at raising awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving. Cinco de Mayo and the subsequent holiday weekend have become synonymous with festivities, partying and excessive drinking. This year, the NHTSA is calling on partygoers to make a plan before they go out, designate and driver and watch out for friends. They also want partygoers to know that buzzed driving is drunk driving. If you plan on celebrating Cinco de Mayo with alcohol, don’t get behind the wheel.

Cinco de Mayo Holiday Crash Facts

  • From 2010-2014, there were 268 people killed in drunk-driving crashes over the Cinco de Mayo holiday period.
  • During the Cinco de Mayo holiday period in 2014, 33 people were killed in drunk driving crashes.
  • In 2014, there were 343 crash fatalities during the Cinco de Mayo holiday weekend.
  • One out of three people lost their lives in drunk-driving crashes that weekend.
  • Over the 2014 Cinco de Mayo holiday period, almost one-fifth (18 percent) of drivers in fatal crashes had BACs of .15 or higher, almost twice the legal limit.

Plan Ahead for a Safe Ride Home

The best way to ensure you’re covered after a night of partying is to make a plan before you go out. Designate a driver, and have a backup plan too, because your initial plan could fall through. A backup plan can be as simple as pre-programming a cab company’s number into your phone or downloading a rideshare app. No matter what, don’t get behind the wheel if you’ve been drinking. If you have to, stay on a friend’s couch or ask for help in arranging a safe ride home. If you’ve only had ‘a couple of drinks,’ you still need a safe ride home. Buzzed driving is drunk driving, and even one drink can be one drink too many under certain conditions. Don’t risk your life or the lives of others.

Drunk Driving Accidents in Wichita Falls

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident involving a drunk driver, you need to speak with a skilled personal injury attorney as soon as possible about your case. The whole team at the Altman Legal Group wishes everybody in Texoma a Safe and Happy Cinco de Mayo!

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Super Bowl Sunday Safety

The Super Bowl is the nation’s most watched sporting event of the year. Whether you’re turning out for your favorite team or just watching for the commercials, make sure you have a game plan to get home safely. Planning for a sober ride home ahead of time is the best way to ensure you have a hassle-free and safe ride home after the big game. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is asking football fans an important question this year; are you drinking or are you driving?

Just The Facts

  • During the 2014 football season, there were 10,676 alcohol-related traffic crashes in the State of Texas.
  • Of those crashes, there were 492 fatalities.
  • 9,967 people were killed in alcohol-impaired crashes across the nation in 2014.
  • 40 percent of those fatalities occurred during weekends.

Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk

Drunk driving crashes are one-hundred-percent preventable, and fans don’t let fans drive drunk. Whether you’re hosting a big Super Bowl party or you’re just attending one, be on the lookout for partygoers who aren’t safe to drive. If fellow football fans have been drinking, they don’t need to be driving. It’s that simple. The NHTSA also wants to remind motorists that buzzed driving is drunk driving. Even one drink can be one drink too many, so play it safe and get a sober ride home if you’ve been drinking.

TxDOT’s Game Plan Tips

  • Designate a driver before the game.
  • Call a Taxi or use a ridesharing app on your phone.
  • Utilize public transportation.
  • Ask a sober friend or family member for a ride home.
  • Spend the night.

Make a Game Plan

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is also urging football fans to plan for safe rides home after the big game. Ensure you get home safely this Super Bowl Sunday by making a game plan. Don’t wait until the end of the night to try to find a safe riding home. Designate a driver, call a cab or ask a friend to help you find a ride home. It could save a life.

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in an accident involving a drunk driver, contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible about your case. The team at the Altman Legal Group wishes everybody a Safe and Happy Super Bowl Sunday.

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WF Teen’s Idea to Prevent Drunk Driving

A teen scientist from Wichita Falls is one of 10 finalists in the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge for his drunk-driving prevention invention. According to the Business Insider, 13-year-old Krishna Reddy of Wichita Falls has invented a device that can tell when a driver has consumed alcohol or used other drugs based on how dilated his or her pupils are. If Reddy wins the challenge, he’ll be named America’s Top Young Scientist and win a $25,000 prize.

The Dangers and Costs of Drunk Driving

In 2013, 10,076 people were killed in crashes involving alcohol-impaired drivers. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), almost 30 people in the U.S. die in crashes involving an alcohol-impaired driver every day. In addition to the very painful and personal human toll on American families, the cost of alcohol-related crashes is more than $59 billion annually. Although injury causing and fatal drunk driving crashes are 100 percent preventable, lives are still being lost every day.

Where The Breath Test Falls Short

The old standby for detecting whether or not somebody is impaired is the breath test or the Breathalyzer. Unfortunately, this test can’t tell if somebody is on illegal drugs, prescription medications or over-the-counter substances. It’s important to understand that impaired driving can happen on a variety of different substances, including legal prescription and over-the-counter medicines. Also, officers in the field are trained in detecting alcohol and drug impairment in drivers, but pupillary reflexes can occur on a scale of millimeters and milliseconds, so any new detection technology would be welcomed.

Reddy’s Pupil-Measuring Device

Since alcohol, opioids, LSD, cocaine and other drugs can cause our pupils to constrict, Reddy’s device measures papillary reflex to determine if drivers are alcohol or drug impaired. His invention has three components. First, there is a digital camera. Second, there is a snakehead flashlight, and lastly, there is a toilet-paper roll. When the flashlight is held up to the eye, and the toilet paper roll directs light into the pupil, the camera takes a video of the eye. Using a software program that he wrote, Reddy can measure the constriction of the pupil when the light hits it.

At this time, Reddy can tell if somebody has been drinking alcohol, smoking marijuana or using certain painkillers, sleep aids or amphetamines. The team at the Altman Legal Group applauds Krishna Reddy and his potentially life-saving invention.

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Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over on Labor Day

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has recently issued a press release about their Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over safety campaign. More than 10,000 law enforcement agencies across the nation are taking part in a crackdown on drunk driving leading up to the Labor Day holiday weekend. Labor Day weekend, like many holiday weekends, is one of the deadliest times of the year to be on U.S. roadways. The campaign will be running from August 21 to September 7, 2015, and the NHTSA has a $13.5 million national advertising budget to get the word out.

Labor Day Drunk Driving Statistics

  • On Labor Day weekend in 2013, there were 424 crash fatalities nationwide.
  • Nearly half of those fatal crashes involved drivers who had been drinking.
  • More than a quarter of those crashes involved drivers with BAC at almost twice the legal limit (.15+ BAC).
  • Among the drivers between the ages of 18 and 34, who were killed in crashes over Labor Day weekend in 2013, 45 percent had a BAC of .08 or higher.
  • In fatal crashes during the month of August, over the five-year period of 2009-2013, nearly 1 out of 10 of the drunk drivers involved had one or more previous convictions for drunk driving.
  • In 2013, half of all fatalities during the nighttime (6:00 p.m. to 5:59 a.m.) involved drunk drivers, as compared with 14 percent during the day.

Drunk Driving Crashes in Texoma

Earlier this week, we reported on a drunk driving crash that happened on U.S. 281. At least one person had to be airlifted to United Regional for treatment of serious injuries, and a driver involved was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated (DWI). Law enforcement officers in Wichita Falls and other Texoma communities will likely be stepping up their own enforcement efforts for the upcoming holiday weekend. The NHTSA is also reminding people that buzzed driving is drunk driving. Even one drink can be one drink too many, so if you plan to celebrate with alcohol, make a plan to get home safely.

If a drunk driver has injured you or somebody you love in Wichita Falls, Texas, Lawton, Oklahoma or any of the surrounding Texoma communities, contact the experienced team at the Altman Legal Group at 940-761-4000 for a free case consultation today.

 

 

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St. Patrick’s Day Drunk Driving Prevention

This year, the annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival falls on Saturday, March 14th. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. and the street celebration lasts until 10:30 p.m. Not only is St. Patrick’s Day notorious for green beer and other alcoholic beverages, it’s also, not surprisingly, associated with a spike in drunk driving related injury-causing and fatal crashes. As with any Saturday night celebration involving alcohol, partygoers are encouraged to make responsible arrangements to ensure safe rides home. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently getting the word out about their annual St. Patty’s Day DUI Prevention campaign too.

St. Patty’s Day Drunk Driving Facts

  • In 2013, two out of every five crash deaths over St. Patrick’s Day weekend involved a drunk driver.
  • On St. Patty’s Day weekends from 2009 to 2013, 276 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes.
  • In the post-party hours of March 18, 2013, over half of all crash fatalities involved drunk drivers.
  • On St. Patrick’s Day in 2013, 31 people died in drunk-driving crashes.

St. Patrick’s Day Drunk Driving Prevention

The best way to prevent drunk driving is to refrain from engaging in it. There is no such thing as ‘okay to drive,’ if you’ve been drinking. Planning ahead is the best way to ensure a smooth and safe ride home. If you’re going with a group of friends, designate a driver ahead of time. If you’re going alone or everybody in your group plans on drinking, line up some other form of transportation. Pre-program a cab company’s number into your phone, so you’re not scrambling around for a ride at the end of the night. Whatever you do, don’t get behind the wheel, and keep an eye on your friends too. Friends don’t let friends drive drunk.

Increased Law Enforcement

Not only does designating a driver keep roadways safer, it can also keep you out of jail. Law enforcement officers across Wichita Falls and Texoma will be stepping up their efforts to catch drunk drivers, so do yourself a favor and get a safe ride home.

After an Accident Involving a Drunk Driver

After a crash involving a drunk driver, you need to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney. Your lawyer will be able to stay on top of investigative reports and be your advocate during a difficult time. The team at the Altman Legal Group wishes everybody a safe and Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

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Head-on Collision near Lake Arrowhead

On Monday afternoon, a head-on collision sent one person to the hospital. According to KFDX News Channel Three, the wreck happened near Lake Arrowhead, close to the intersection of 1954 and 2606, at about 3:15 p.m. Apparently, the driver of a Hyundai passed a pickup truck in a no-passing area of the roadway. The driver then struck a Honda head on. The driver of the Honda was taken to United Regional Hospital for treatment of injuries, which were initially described as non-life threatening. There’s no word on the victim’s current condition or the extent of injuries involved. Authorities do suspect that drugs or alcohol could have been factors in this crash, which is likely still under investigation.

Drunk Driving Crashes in America

Each day, nearly 30 people across the U.S. die in crashes involving impaired drivers. When motorists drink and get behind the wheel, they put everybody on the roadway at great risk. Officials with The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) want drivers to know that buzzed driving is drunk driving too. In some cases, one drink can be one drink too many. If you’ve been drinking or you plan on drinking, make plans to get a safe ride home.

Just the Facts on Drunk Driving

  • Drunk driving kills over 10,000 people each year.
  • In 2012, on average, one person was killed every 51 minutes in a drunk driving crash.
  • One in three traffic fatalities happen in alcohol-impaired crashes.
  • Nearly one-third of crash deaths involve a drunk driver.
  • The annual cost of drunk-driving crashes totals more than $51 billion.

After a Wreck Involving an Impaired Driver

If you or a loved one has been injured by an impaired driver, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Cases involving criminal charges can be complicated. A skilled personal injury attorney can stay abreast of investigative details, legal developments and other issues that will be pertinent to your case. An attorney can even deal with your pushy insurance company too, to make sure that you get the compensation you deserve after an injury. If you’ve been injured by a drunk driver, you shouldn’t have to worry about how you’re going to pay for your medical bills. Let an experienced car accident lawyer handle the details. The team at the Altman Legal Group wishes the victim a speedy a full recovery.

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What We Offer Clients And Their Loved Ones:

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We`re available to answer your legal questions.
We can be an advocate for your loved ones.
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Resolve automobile property damage claims.
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We can deal with the insurance companies.

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