Drunk Driving Accidents
The statistics on drunk driving in the U.S. are horrifying. Every 48 minutes in this country, a person is killed because of a drunk driver. In 2009 alone, almost 11,000 people were killed in alcohol-related crashes, which is nearly a third of all traffic-related deaths in the U.S. Drugs other than alcohol are involved in about 18 percent of motor vehicle driver deaths.
The statistics are particularly sobering for children. In 2009, 181 children between the ages of 0 and 14 were killed because of a drunk driver. Among those, about half were riding in the vehicle with the drunk driver.
Although virtually everyone who has a drivers license is aware of the dangers of drinking and driving, its still a huge problem, especially for some particular groups of people, including younger drivers, motorcyclists, and individuals whove already been convicted of driving while intoxicated. About 67 percent of all drivers who are killed because of drunk driving are between the ages of 21 and 34. Drivers who were killed in fatal alcohol-related crashes were eight times more likely to have a prior conviction for DUI than drivers with no alcohol in their systems.
There are some steps you can take to prevent being involved in a drunk driving accident. First, of course, if you have been drinking, call a cab, get a ride home, spend the night with a friend, or have someone pick you up do anything but get behind the wheel. Figure out your plan before you begin your evening. If you are with a group, pick a designated driver in advance who is responsible for making sure everyone gets home safely. If you are hosting a party, offer lots of snacks and alcohol-free drinks, and make sure all your guests leave safely.
Unfortunately, a drunk driving accident can change the rest of your life. If you are lucky enough to survive an accident with a drunk driver, you could be permanently injured, which could turn your entire life upside down. If youve been involved in an accident caused by a drunk driver, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and more. In California, call Donald Sjaarda, Orange County personal injury attorney at 714-963-8216 to learn more.
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