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Safety simulation educates teens about drunk driving dangers

Students at a local Texas school recently played an interactive part in a drunk driving safety campaign, appropriately timed for National Teen Driver Safety Week. 

Specifically, the students attempted to maneuver a push-pedal go-kart around cones, but with a handicap: custom goggles designed to simulate the level of impairment that may affect a drunk driver's vision. Not surprisingly, most were unsuccessful. Representatives from Texas A&M University's Texas Transportation Institute were also on hand during the simulation. 

Unfortunately, drunk driving accidents continue to injure other drivers on Texas' roads and highways. If a drunk driver violates a traffic rule and crashes into a victim at high velocity, the resulting injuries can be substantial. In order to pursue the compensation that a victim may deserve, it will be important to consult with a personal injury attorney.

First, although the issue of fault may seem apparent in a drunk driving accident, an attorney may still want to ensure that the evidence establishes that the offending driver was not only intoxicated, but also negligent in his or her driving. For example, a drunk driver may have run a red light, entered a highway entrance ramp going the wrong direction, or failed to observe safe following distances between vehicles. An attorney can work to compile that evidence in a compelling narrative for the jury.

In addition, an attorney also knows that compensation in a motor vehicle accident case can be based on several factors. First, it is important to understand the scope of a victim's injuries. If long-term or even lifetime care will be required, those cost estimates will significantly increase the claim for damages. If an injury will impair a victim's ability to work, those reduced earnings should also be included in any damages calculation. 

Source: Napa Valley Register, "Simulated drunk driving caps teen driver safety week," Oct. 22, 2014


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