A 17-year-old Long Island teen driving home from a sleepover has been accused of crashing her car into an elderly woman. According to a report in the New York Post, the teen left her friend’s house on Ashford Drive in Bohemia the morning of Aug. 10. Police said she drank spiked seltzers during the sleepover. On her way home, the teen struck a mailbox, drove across a lawn and hit an 80-year-old woman who was walking in the street before driving away.
Pedestrian Critically Injured
Police connected the young woman to the crash after she rear-ended another car 30 minutes later at the intersection of Route 347 and Route 25 in Nesconset. The elderly woman was critically injured and transported to an area hospital. No injuries were reported in the second crash.
The teen was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident involving a serious physical injury. Also, a Suffolk County resident was charged here with violating the county’s Social Host Law and faced a $500 fine for allegedly allowing underage drinking at her home. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the elderly woman who has been severely injured in this crash, and we wish her the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), fatal roadway crashes among people aged 16 to 20 are on the rise. Since 2015, the rate of young drivers involved in fatal crashes has risen by 3.6 percent. Alcohol plays a significant role in these fatalities. More than a third of fatal motor vehicle crashes among individuals aged 16 and 20 involve alcohol.
How Alcohol Affects Driving
While motorists need the use of their hands, eyes and feet at all times to maintain control their vehicles, it is crucial to remember that the brain directs these organs. Therefore, safe driving requires an alert brain and the ability to make rapid decisions in quickly changing situations. Consuming alcohol can have a significant effect on one’s driving skills. Here are some of the ways in which alcohol may have an adverse impact on your driving:
Reaction time: Alcohol slows down your reflexes, which can diminish your ability to react quickly to changing conditions on the roadway due to traffic or weather.
Vision: Alcohol slows eye muscle function, alters eye movement and changes visual perception. This may result in blurred vision. Night vision and color perception may also be affected by alcohol consumption.
Tracking: Alcohol can decrease the ability to judge a car’s position on the road, or the location of other vehicles and road signs.
Focus: Alcohol may cause your concentration to decrease. It may also cause you to become drowsy and doze off while behind the wheel.
Comprehension and coordination: When you are impaired, your ability to make logical or rational decisions may be hindered. Your eye/hand/foot coordination may also be affected.
Contacting an Experienced Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Victims who have been injured in pedestrian accidents may be able to seek compensation for damages including, but not limited to, medical expenses, lost income and benefits, hospitalization, rehabilitation, permanent injuries, disabilities, past and future pain and suffering, etc. It is important to remember that pedestrian accident victims may be able to seek compensation for injuries or losses in a collision even if they were not walking in a marked crosswalk. If you have lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident, you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit seeking compensation as well.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, or if you have lost a loved one in a motor vehicle accident caused by a negligent or careless driver, the experienced New York personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm can help you better understand your legal rights and options, and also fight hard to recover just compensation for you.
For over 47 years, our skilled accident attorneys have established a proven track record of helping injured victims. Our law firm recently recovered $5,600,000 for a bicyclist who was hit by a van, and $2,550,000 for another victim of a truck accident, and $3,000,000 for a pedestrian who was hit by a car, and the full $1,000,000 insurance policy for a pedestrian who was hit by a truck, and $4,625,000 for a driver who was in a car and was hit by a van, and $2,500,000 for a man who fell through an improperly secured hole. Also, one of our clients obtained a verdict for $43,940,000 and another of our clients got a verdict for $23,500,000, both in medical malpractice cases.
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