Driver Faces DUI Charges After Hit-And-Run Crash

You should never have to worry about getting struck by an impaired driver when you are on the roadways around the city. However, if you need a Philadelphia DUI accident lawyer, we are here to help. The knowledgeable and experienced team at the Dan Doyle Law Group is ready to step in and be your advocate. We will investigate what happened and fight to secure the compensation you deserve for all of your crash-related expenses. Today, we want to discuss a recent case from the suburbs of Philly.

What Happened In This Tragic Crash?

In late June, a man struck and killed a pedestrian on a crash along County Line Road near Upper State Road. Police say that the crash happened in the early morning hours and that the driver, a 53-year-old man, fled the scene of the crash. He was apprehended and faces charges of:

  • Homicide by vehicle
  • DUI
  • Reckless driving

We bring you this story because we want to highlight just how devastating alcohol is for other drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists in and around the roadways. When someone has been drinking, they are more likely to travel at high rates of speed and less likely to slow down before a crash.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation tells us that during the latest reporting year:

  • Alcohol was responsible for 26% of Pennsylvania traffic-related deaths
  • 293 people died in alcohol-related crashes
  • 74% of alcohol crash fatalities were male
  • 71% of Pennsylvania alcohol-related crashes happen during hours of darkness
  • There was an average of 28 alcohol-related crashes each day in Pennsylvania

The five-year trend for alcohol-related crashes in Pennsylvania is as follows:

  • 2013 – 11,041
  • 2014 – 10,550
  • 2015 – 10,558
  • 2016 – 10,256
  • 2017 – 10,346

Injuries from alcohol-related crashes are often severe and can lead to incredible financial and emotional costs for victims and their families. Some of the injuries we see regularly include:

For the latest reporting year in Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County has 8.7% of all reported traffic crashes and 8.3% of all traffic-related fatalities. This county had the most traffic-related fatalities of any in Pennsylvania.

What Happened Moving Forward?

While you know there are risks associated with driving, you should never have to worry about being injured due to another driver’s negligent behavior. At the Dan Doyle Law Group, we are ready to help if you or a loved one have been injured. Let our knowledgeable and experienced team investigate what happened so we can secure the compensation you deserve, including:

  • Coverage of medical expenses
  • Recovery of lost wages if you are unable to work
  • Coverage of physical therapy
  • Pain and suffering damages
  • Loss of enjoyment of life damages
  • Punitive damages against the negligent party

If you need a Philadelphia DUI accident attorney, you can contact us by clicking here or calling 215-987-3730 for a free consultation.