Over a Quarter of Fatal Crashes Attributed to Drunk DrivingJune 28, 2018
Most people enjoy a drink or two every so often. It’s a great way to take the edge off, relax, complement a good meal, or mark a special occasion. There is nothing wrong with imbibing so long as you are of age and do so responsibly. However, this is often not the case. Of the 37,461 driving crash fatalities in 2016, alcohol-impaired-driving was responsible for an estimated 10,497 (28%) of crashes. In all states as well as the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, it is illegal to get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle with a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of 0.08 grams per deciliter or greater.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), each state has its own regulations with regard to when BAC tests should be administered in fatal car crashes. Since drivers are not always tested for alcohol, the NHTSA uses a statistical model called “multiple imputation” to estimate the driver’s BAC at the time of the crash. This includes crash factors (time of day, day of week, location, type of crash), vehicle factors (car make and model, role in crash), and person factors (previous driving violations, age, sex, restraint use, subjective assessment).
Just How Prevalent is Drunk Driving Fatal Crashes?
An average drunk driver has driven drunk more than 80 times before his or her first arrest. Therefore, it’s not of much surprise that drunk driving is still the number one cause of fatal crashes on our highways: Every two minutes someone is injured in a drunk driving crash, while every fifty-one minutes, someone is killed in drunk driving fatal crashes. Even more alarming however, is that according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), “2 out of 3 people will be impacted by a drunk driving crash in their lifetime.”
Although drunk driving fatalities are all too prevalent, every single one of them is preventable. It is because of this, that certain strategies have been implemented. These strategies include drunk driving laws, ignition interlocks, sobriety checkpoints, mass media campaigns, license revocation, license suspension, alcohol screening, multi-component interventions, and school-based instructional programs. While there is no way to stop other drivers from operating their cars while under the influence, these strategies have been utilized to reduce the number of occurrences and drunk driving fatal crashes on the road. If you have been the victim of a drunk driving accident, call an attorney to discuss your options as soon as possible. If you have initiated a lawsuit but worry about your ability to keep up with all your expenses while the case is pending, don’t hesitate to call USClaims.
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