Thursday, April 24, 2014

The Continuing Fight Against Drunk Driving

Drinking sounds fun yes. Drinking gives fun times to anybody who consume alcohol. It is a perfect way to relax after a busy day. Drunk driving on the other isn’t. What it brings are property damage, injuries, and even deaths to other innocent people on the road. Since time immemorial, driving under the influence of alcohol has claimed the lives not just of the drunk driver but their passengers, as well as other commuters, even pedestrians. It is funny that after all of these years, drunk driving still remains to be one of the biggest problems that various government agencies have been facing.

Wasted Lives
The US Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has reported that in 2010, 32,885 people have died because of motor vehicle crashes in the United States. 10,228 of those deaths of 31 percent were due to drunk driving. This proves that with every drunk driver hitting the road, one or a group of people can get hurt, injured, and even dead. This puts victims is a very bad situation as they are either forced to give up their savings just to get treated for the injuries that one has got because of the vehicle. Moreover, 

What a Victim Can Do?
If you have been a victim of a motor vehicle accident, you can seek legal remedies that will help you run after those responsible for the injuries that you have incurred because of the accident. By filing a personal injury claim and hiring the services of the best motor vehicle accident attorney in California, will give you the chance to best represent your claim in the courts. This could lead to a great amount of compensation for the injuries as well as the pain and suffering that you have experienced. 

Is America’s Sobering Up?
Through the various programs launched by the NHTSA, the number of people who die because of drunk driving has significantly decreased through the years. For example, since the NHTSA began recording statistics about drunk driving in 1982, the number of fatalities has decreased by 52 percent from 21,113. The inception of The Century Council as well as the many programs and campaigns to stop drunk driving, the number fatalities due to drunk driving has declined from 15,827 in 1991. These numbers prove that these programs work and that thousands of live are going to be saved from DUI-related traffic crashes.

There have been many achievements that anti-drunk driving campaigns have reached. However, the tens of thousands of people left dead because of drunk driving is a great reminder that a lot of work still needs to be done. And so, more and more things should be done to help further drive down the number of, or completely stop deaths because of driver intoxication.

There is indeed so much work left to be done to put completely stop DUI-related motor vehicle crashes and deaths. However, by doing your share and saying no to alcohol before driving, you’ve done your part of saving your life and the lives of others on the road.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Surviving After Being Entangled with a Police Car Chase

What could be worse that being caught in an insane traffic jam? Try getting caught in between a deadly police chase. That was what happened to some motorists travelling along the westbound 10 Freeway in Claremont California one weekend. Three cars got involved in a police chase that could got them injured because of a multi-vehicle car crash.

Another TV-worthy Police Chase
According to the authorities, the chase began around 5:30 in the afternoon after receiving a call about a burglary at a store in the 9000 block of Central Avenue. As soon as the officers arrived at the scene, one male suspect that was carrying two large TV sets ran out of the store through a fire exit. He then hopped into a four-door Honda Accord which was driven by a 28-year-old woman. The suspect took the woman for a wild police chase as they headed south on Central Avenue. There were countless times when the officers tried to stop the vehicle but the suspect evaded the blocks and entered the westbound 10 Freeway. The chase went on for a moment before it ended in a four-vehicle crash as they tried to exit at Indian Hill Boulevard. The male suspect was pronounced dead at the scene as he was ejected out of their car, ending up under a white truck which landed on its side. The other suspect was injured and was immediately brought to the hospital as she complained of pain all over her body. The female suspect now faces charges which includes murder.

Victims Caught in Between
Three other people, occupants of the other three cars that the suspects’ car crashed into were also taken to the hospital and were treated for the minor injuries they got because of the crash. The three victims now are recovering from their injuries while losing their cars because of the accident.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

A Construction Worker’s Near Brush with Death

There are a lot of people in office spaces that oftentimes complain of how difficult their jobs are. They complain of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, back pains, migraines, and similar ailments. But who are these people kidding? The thing is, there are a lot of other more difficult and dangerous jobs that other people are into. Case in point: construction site employees. These workers do their jobs for hours every day. They carry heavy loads, get exposed to the heat, cold, dust, and other elements. While they have safety equipment to protect them from injuries, these poor workers can still end up in compromising situations such as construction accidents.

Action-packed Surprise
One man working on the construction of an apartment complex in Houston, Texas was surprised as he found that the building he was in was on fire. The massive fire destroyed that apartment complex where one of the construction worker’s life was put in danger. Emergency response teams staged a daring rescue attempt to save the man trapped in the building. The worker spent most of the time on a window ledge before firefighters could raise ladders to pick him up. The rescue effort wasn’t completed as easy as it seemed. For a couple of times, the worker’s foot slipped and witnesses claimed that they even doubted if the construction worker could survive. Just moments right after the worker was saved, a portion of the apartment complex’s roof caved in as fire continued to tear the place down. All of the employees working in the construction site were saved and nobody got injured. Authorities are still trying to find out the real cause of the inferno that took two and a half hours to put off.