It seems like an everyday thing. You read the newspaper and see yet another accident caused by drunk drivers. Drinking alcohol and driving is, by far, one of the most common causes of auto collisions, including those that are fatal. People often do not recognize when they are even impaired and drive assuming they are safe. However, even a “buzz” can be enough to impair a driver to the point that they cause an accident.
There are numerous different statistics available concerning drunk driving and accidents, and they are certainly enough to help you see just how dangerous this is. According to MADD, the following is true:
- During 2011 alone, more than 1.2 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence.
- Over 200 children are killed a year due to drunk driving accidents. In 2011, that number was 226, with 122 of those children in the car with drunk drivers.
- In a 2011 study, 15 percent of drivers involved in weekday fatal crashes were drunk, and 31 percent of weekend drivers involved in fatal crashes were drunk.
- There are about 112 million cases of drinking and driving cases recorded by the police each year.
- Every day in America, there are almost 30 fatalities because of drunk driving accidents.
- Expenses accrued from drunk driving accidents add up to about $132 billion each year.
- One in three people will be involved in a drunk driving accident at some point in their lifetime.
These statistics are scary. Unfortunately, they are true.
The Problem of Drunk Driving
The vast majority of people who do drive drunk don’t even realize they are impaired and should not be behind the wheel. However, when a person has a blood alcohol level of higher than 0.08%, they do not have the reflexes or the ability to think clearly enough to drive. As a result, they may drive too fast, ignore traffic signals and signs, cross the lines, and not react properly in emergencies.
Drunk driving accidents are so common that it is nearly impossible to look at any news and avoid a story of yet another collision. Drunk drivers aren’t just responsible for actual auto collisions either. Often, hit and run cases involve driving under the influence as well. As more people have access to vehicles, the numbers tend to go up as well.
No matter what, if someone is driving under the influence of alcohol, and an auto collision occurs, they are liable. They must be held responsible for the whole accident, including damage to vehicles and injury to people. Their choice to drive after they have been drinking is a decision that can be fatal. Because they chose to drink the alcohol, they made a conscious decision to do something very costly for others. The only way to see justice served is to ensure those drunk drivers pay for their choices.
People are involved in drunk driving accidents every day. If you are one of them or if someone you love is, then you could have a case against them. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, as well as for damage to your vehicle.
Additionally, punitive damages may be paid to you, considering the situation. However, if you want your case handled properly, you will need the help of an attorney who has experience with drunk driving cases and who knows how to take the case on aggressively. Don’t settle for just anyone, or you won’t get the best results.
If you feel you have a case against a drunk driver after an auto accident, then contact the attorneys at Thompson | Wedeking today. We will be glad to offer a free case evaluation.