Information About National Impaired Driving Statistics

Posted on behalf of Henness & Haight on Mar 12, 2015 in Car Accident News

Nevada residents might benefit from learning more about some of the dangers associated with impaired driving as descried by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than 10,300 people were killed from accidents that were caused from drivers who impaired by alcohol during 2012. These types of fatal crashes accounted for more than 30 percent of all traffic related deaths. In addition, researchers found that young people, motorcyclists and people with previous DWI to be most at-risk of being involved in a crash involving impaired driving. Approximately 20 percent of the 1,168 deaths involving children under age 14 during 2012 were caused by drivers impaired by alcohol. Within this total, more than half of the children killed were riding in the vehicle with the drunk driver. Furthermore, researchers found that approximately 18 percent of the traffic-related deaths year were attributable to impairment a substance other than alcohol. During 2010, more than 1.4 million people were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The CDC claims that, on average, someone in America is killed by an impaired drier every 51 minutes, equating to approximately 30 deaths per day. Data collected from 2012 shows that drivers between 21 and 24 years old accounted for nearly one-third of all fatal crashes involving alcohol impairment. Motorcyclists over age 40 exhibited a high propensity for being involved in these types of accidents as well. Nearly 50 percent of the riders between 40 to 44 year old drivers killed in crashes registered a blood alcohol content over .08 percent, which is the national legal limit. Anyone injured by drunk drivers might benefit from contacting legal counsel about fling a lawsuit. Lawyers may be able to help injured victims determine whether the other party might be held liable for the resulting damages. Plaintiffs in these cases could be entitled to receive restitution that accounts for loss of income, repair expenses and medical costs.