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What are the drunk driving penalties in Pennsylvania?

Drunk drivers are punished harshly under most state laws. In the minds of many people accidents caused by drunk drivers are even more inexcusable than an accident caused by a sober driver. Reckless driving in and of itself is irresponsible in that people that engage in this type of behavior do not take other drivers on the roadways or their well being into consideration. Multiply that by 100 when talking about drunk drivers. A drunk driver has no regard for other drivers and proves that by making the decision to proceed to drive while intoxicated.

Texting while driving still a cause of many accidents

Driving a motorized vehicle, whether it is a car, a truck or a motorcycle, requires attention to detail. Not only does a driver have to know and take note of what they are doing at all times while behind the wheel, but said driver also needs to be aware of what other drivers are doing on the roadways. So, driving is twofold. You have be conscientious and alert as to what your actions on the streets as well as to the actions of other drivers.

Ignoring school bus signals results in deadly auto accident

Whether they are serious in nature or not, car accidents are disconcerting and scary. Being in a vulnerable situation like an accident can leave anyone shaken because at the time of the accident, there is no way to tell if everything is going to be okay. Especially in accidents where serious bodily injury or death occurs, the level of anxiety associated with these severe accidents is substantial. Drivers, passengers, and pedestrians are unfortunately all at risk of being involved in vehicular accidents.

Elderly man is injured in weather-related accident in PA

Car accidents can occur for a plethora of reasons. Whether it be because of inclement weather or for other reasons, car crashes are not pleasant to be in no matter what. Car collisions can lead to serious injuries if the accident is severe. However, not all accidents result in physical injury to those involved. Less severe accidents may cause only property damage. Insurance companies usually handle these types of accidents, and often, court involvement is not necessary. When accidents result in serious injuries, there are other steps that may have to be taken to receive compensation for the accident.

Pennsylvania teen killed in drunk driving accident

Every driver probably recognizes the inherent dangers on the roadways. Experience behind the wheel is helpful in avoiding certain hazardous situations, but no amount of experience can avoid every type of accident. This is especially the case where drunk driving accidents are concerned, because it isn't easy to tell who is driving impaired, so there aren't many ways to actively avoid these types of accidents. Oftentimes drunk driving accidents cause seriously bodily injury, or they are deadly in nature, which makes this one of the worst types of vehicular accidents.

Suspected drunk driver causes crash on Schuylkill Expressway

Drunk drivers continue to pose one of the biggest dangers to other motorists on Pennsylvania's roadways. Their negligence, recklessness and inability to maintain control of their vehicles often result in serious car crashes that cause other drivers and their passengers to suffer both physical injury and property damage. Unfortunately, police officers and state troopers are not immune to the risk posed by drunk drivers.

One dead after hit-and-run accident by drunk driver

Car accidents occur on a daily basis. The sheer number of drivers on the roadways lends itself to this being the case. Fortunately, not all accidents result in serious bodily injury or death. Actually, many of the crashes that police respond to are usually less severe, where there are only minor injuries. However, there are those accidents that are deadly and require a greater police response and investigation. For instance, accidents involving the death of a pedestrian fall into this particular category. Normally, when there is a hit-and-run situation, the pedestrian succumbs to injuries from the accident.

Drunk driver kills one and seriously injures another in accident

No one wants to be involved in a car crash. As a matter of fact, most people try to avoid car accidents. Many times while driving, attentive drivers can make adjustments while on the roadways so that they are not a part of a car crash. This type of defensive driving is taught to all who hold a driver's license. However, defensive driving and avoiding car accidents is not even in the cards when dealing with someone who is driving while under the influence of alcohol. Drunk drivers sometimes can't avoid accidents because of their impairment and inability to drive attentively and defensively. Moreover, they tend to cause horrific accidents that result in seriously bodily injury, and sometimes death.

Pennsylvania State Police SUV in fatal accident

Those who drive for a number of years face a probability that they will someday be involved in a car accident. Car crashes can be scary, especially if the accident is serious. When a person is involved in an accident that results in serious bodily injury or the death of a loved one, the aftermath of the accident can be difficult to handle.

Police car and another vehicle have an accident in Pennsylvania

When a car accident results in no immediate injuries to any of the participants in the accident and only physical damage to the vehicles involved, then often it becomes a battle with the insurance companies. This battle can rage on and on but at the end of it all, the battle will be decided monetarily. Car crashes become a whole different matter when serious injuries or death results because a number of other issues come into play. Court involvement is quite likely in car accidents of this nature.

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