Drunk driving causes the death or serious injury to many people every year around the country. Despite public education campaigns and tighter laws, people still continue to drink and drive. By doing so, drunk drivers risk not only themselves, but also every person around their vehicles while they are driving.
The statistics are alarming. A person dies in a drunk driving accident somewhere in the U.S. every 51 minutes, amounting to nearly 30 deaths each day due to abuse of alcohol by drivers. In 2012, for example, 10,322 people were killed by drunk drivers, which represented nearly a third of all of the year's fatal collisions.
Society has tried many approaches to reduce the number of drunk driving injury and fatality accidents. The problem is a massive one, as is illustrated by statistics from 2010. In that year, 1.4 million people were arrested for driving drunk. That number only represented a tiny fraction of the 112 million people who reported having engaged in drunk driving at least once during that year. Younger people are more at risk than are older people. Of drivers whose blood alcohol concentrations exceeded .08 percent at the time of a fatal crash in 2012, 32 percent were between ages 21 and 24.
When people are involved in an accident in which another driver was drunk, they may be seriously injured as a result. While the drunk driver will likely face criminal charges for causing an alcohol-related injury crash, an injured person may also want to file a separate civil lawsuit against the driver. A personal injury attorney can help an injured client determine the remedies that may be available.Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Impaired Driving: Get the Facts", accessed on Jan. 24, 2015