Drugged Driving Car Accidents on the Rise in Lehigh Valley
Car accidents caused by drugged drivers are becoming so commonplace that some rescue crews are now carrying Naloxone (the opioid overdoes antidote). According to Pennsylvania police, first responders are now prepared to administer Naloxone to any unresponsive driver or passengers. It is common for Heroin users to get high as soon as they get their hands on the drugs. They’ll shoot up in the car then drive home high. This has lead to numerous Lehigh Valley car accidents in the past months. Its causing a tremendous hazard on Route 22 and I-78 throughout Allentown and Easton PA.
Pennsylvania drugged-driving car accidents rose from 3,019 in 2015 to 4,078 drugged auto accidents in 2016. All this, while alcohol related DUIs are on the decline. That same trend is also reflected in the greater Lehigh Valley over the same time period. In 2016 there were four fatal drug related car accidents in the Lehigh Valley, the most since 2006. Our Allentown wrongful death lawyers are prepared to represent anyone who has lost a loved one to this tragedy currently affecting our community. Nationally, fatal car accidents where drugs are involved has climbed from 2,003 in 1993 to 7,438 in 2015, according to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Sadly, there has been a 49% increase in drugged related Lehigh Valley car accidents from 2011 to 2016.
Are you looking for help after experiencing a personal injury from a Lehigh Valley car accident? We’d like to help. The Trapani Law Firm offers free consultations. Our job is to deal with the insurance companies to help relieve your stress after an Allentown or Bethlehem auto accident on Route 22 – so you can focus on your recovery and your family. We handle a wide range of personal injury claims in the greater Lehigh Valley, including car accident, truck accident, and wrongful death litigation. Our Allentown injury lawyers are committed to helping our local Pennsylvania community. Call us for a free consultation anytime. We’re here to help.