It's every parent's worst nightmare: outliving your children. That nightmare often involves vehicular accidents, which are a leading cause of death among children, teenagers and young adults. Tragically, a young woman from Williamsburg died when her allegedly drunk friend was driving her home on her 21st birthday.
Some may recall the Connecticut mother who pushed her seven-year-old daughter to safety before she was struck and killed in a hit-and-run incident. The 40-year-old woman was crossing Springdale Avenue in Meriden with her daughter when she spotted the oncoming vehicle and reacted.
A recent case involving a Hooters restaurant, a drunken patron and a police officer is gaining national attention. The players are enough to catch most people's attention and the issue is one that impacts families throughout the country.
While motor vehicle accidents can be caused by a wide range of factors, some of the deadliest crashes can be linked to the loss of attention or cognitive function. Whether impairment is caused by drugs or alcohol, drivers can experience slowed reaction times, blurred vision and even the loss of consciousness. Injuries to occupants of both vehicles can be long-lasting or life-threatening.
When Mayor Bill de Blasio proposed limiting Uber services in New York City, he cited safety as a concern. Research coming out of Temple University, however, has actually revealed an association between Uber and a reduction in fatal drunk driving accidents.