With the number of public service announcements and other efforts made to educate the public about the dangers of consuming alcohol and getting behind the wheel of a car, it is nearly impossible for a driver to be unaware of the dangers. However, drunk driving car accidents still happen. One such accident in Anne Arundel, allegedly caused by a drunk driver, has put two bicyclists in the hospital.
The accident occurred in the afternoon of a day in late June. Police claim that a driver crossed over into a paved trail and drove there for an undetermined distance. She allegedly then struck two bicyclists, a 23-year-old woman and a 27-year-old man, sending them both to the hospital. The driver of the motor vehicle was uninjured.
The male victim has since been released, but the female victim remains hospitalized. She is listed in stable condition. Police have said that the driver who reportedly struck the cyclist had a blood alcohol content of almost double the legal limit. Charges are pending against the driver, and the accident remains under investigation.
The victims of car accidents such as this often face a long road to recovery. Unfortunately, this road is often paved with medical bills and lost wages. In some cases, those people injured in Anne Arundel have sought legal recourse in a civil court. Some who have been able to prove that their injuries resulted from the negligence of another party were awarded monetary damages to help cover the unexpected costs stemming from such an incident.
Source: wtop.com, “Alcohol a factor in Annapolis bike-car crash“, Dick Uliano, June 30, 2014