More than 90 Iowans die each year in alcohol-related car accidents. Roughly 40 percent of those accidents involve a driver who has been arrested in the past for drunk driving. One-third of Iowa drivers who are charged with vehicular homicide while intoxicated have been caught drinking and driving at least once before. Such a high percentage raises the question of whether Iowa is doing enough to get drunk drivers off the roads and keep them from re-offending.
Being involved in any type of motor vehicle accident can be a very serious event for residents in Iowa and elsewhere. In some situations, it may not be entirely clear what caused the collision; however, in others, it can easily be determined that the negligence of a driver was the cause. With regard to drinking and driving, when a driver fails to drive below the legal blood-alcohol limit, he or she could be held responsible for the accident resulting from their intoxication and any injuries, losses and damages arising from it.
Encountering a negligent driver is a very concerning thought for drivers in Iowa. While in some situations such an incident could be avoided, it is almost completely out of the hands of an individual when and if they encounter a negligent driver. This is especially true with intoxicated drivers, and the destruction caused by a drunk driving accident could be tremendous.
While automobile collisions are an unfortunate event to be involved in, drivers in Iowa may be aware that a common cause of car crashes is the negligence of one or more drivers. This could amount to the driver being distracted, fatigued, reckless or even intoxicated. If impaired driving is to blame, it is important to understand the elements of a drunk driving accident, and how an injured victim could hold the drunk driver responsible for damages caused by the incident.
When individuals become significantly intoxicated or high, their ordinary brain functions become impaired. This is primarily why individuals are not legally allowed to drive while impaired and why many drugs have been outlawed. Impaired judgment and compromised brain functions can lead to harmful decision-making that would never ordinarily be embraced by the individual.
In early September, a young man uploaded a video to YouTube in which he confessed to killing an individual in a drunk driving accident. The video did not contain an accidental confession. In fact, the young man states that the "video will act as my confession" during the tape. He identifies both himself and his victim by name.
A 62-year-old recently pleaded guilty to one count of criminal vehicular operation and one count of criminal vehicular homicide in relation to a December 2011 accident that claimed the life of an Iowa State student. The 62-year-old was reportedly under the influence at the time of the crash and did not even initially realize he had struck three people.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently released 2010 data on auto accident fatalities and the information revealed some alarming facts.
According to the Iowa Department of Public safety, one person has died every day in an auto accident within the state of Iowa. The good news is that fewer people have died this year than last.
As a way to reduce teen auto accidents and fatalities, states all across the nation began implementing what's known as graduated driver licensing systems (GDLS) in the 1990s. GDLS are programs that gradually allow drivers- who are obtaining their driver's license for the first time-to acquire driving privileges at separate stages rather than all at once.