Drunk driving crashes are preventable. If all drivers were responsible and did not get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol or taking drugs, these accidents would never occur. Unfortunately, we know that these accidents do occur and probably will continue occurring well into the future.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported 10,076 people dying on our nation's roads in 2013 due to an alcohol-impaired driver. According to the NHTSA, this involves 31 percent of motor vehicle accidents in the United States. The estimated economic cost of alcohol-impaired crashes was $49.8 billion for 2013.
All 50 states have laws against driving a vehicle with a blood-alcohol content of above 0.08 percent. However, the laws have not stopped individuals from driving drunk. An alcohol-impaired fatality due to driving occurred on average every 52 minutes during 2013. Over half of the drivers involved in these fatal crashes were between the ages of 21 and 34. Drivers with a blood-alcohol level of 0.08 or above were four times more likely to be involved in accidents than were drivers considered to be sober.
Until every driver drives responsibly or law enforcement is able to keep all drunk drivers off of the road, individuals will continually be injured due to drunk driving accidents. The services of personal injury attorneys who understand how drunk driving accidents occur will also continually be needed. These attorneys help people receive compensation for injuries incurred through no fault of their own. They also assist in discovering alternate avenues of recovery for those injured in drunk driving crashes.
The Reporter, "DUI statistics paint sobering picture
," Carl Hessler, Jr., March 31, 2015