Last week, the differences between the civil court system and the criminal court system were discussed. The civil courts can give the victim of a drunk driving accident the ability to hold a drunk driver accountable in the event of an injury-causing or fatal accident. However, navigating the civil system and pursuing a successful lawsuit against a negligent driver can be highly complicated. A Virginia drunk driver victim attorney can shoulder the burden of navigating the court system for a victim or family hurt by an accident.
Several recent drunk driving accidents in Virginia have reminded residents that alcohol and driving are two things that should never be mixed together. However, as the weather grows more pleasant, the days get longer and Virginians head outdoors, there is often a predictable increase in the number of drunk driving accidents that mar the state's roadways every year.
Many people assume that impaired driving only involves alcohol consumption. However, nowadays there are unfortunately many ways in which a driver can be too impaired to safely operate a motor vehicle. Both illegal and prescription drugs, as well as some non-prescription drugs such as sleep aids, can dramatically reduce a driver's alertness and ability to concentrate.
One of the most frightening elements of drunk driving is its unpredictability. Last week, it was noted that simply jogging outdoors could lead to becoming an accident victim via another's negligence. Recently, on the Snickersville turnpike in Northern Virginia, an alleged drunk driver demonstrated how vulnerable other drivers are.
Most drivers believe there is no more dangerous a situation than drunk driving. The effects of a drunk driving accident can be terrifying, from fiery crashes to the lives lost as a result. However, thanks to ubiquitous cell phone technology, there is now another behavior that can produce very similar results: texting while driving.