Menu
Search

Statistics involving fatalities due to drunk driving

Home
Blog
Auto Accidents
Statistics involving fatalities due to drunk driving

Statistics involving fatalities due to drunk driving

As Illinois residents know, drinking and driving claims many lives each year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 10,322 people died in alcohol-related crashes in 2012. Reducing accidents due to impairment may require a strategy that mixes education and enforcement of applicable laws.

The incidence of drunk driving was greatest in young drivers between 21 and 24, according to the NHTSA. Drivers with a prior history of DUI are more likely to be involved in a fatal crash while impaired. Motorcyclists aged 40 to 44 have a greater propensity for riding while impaired and account for 44 percent of all biker deaths. The number of fatal accidents involving children is often related to driving while intoxicated. Out of 1,168 children who died in car crashes in 2012, about 20 percent involved a drunk driver, and more than 50 percent were in the same vehicle as the drunk driver.

Drug impaired driving accounts for roughly 18 percent of driver fatalities. Drugs commonly involved are cocaine and marijuana. The incidence of arrests for impaired driving is low compared to the number of drivers who admit to driving drunk. While 1.4 million individuals were arrested in the most recent year for which statistics are available, more than 112 million said they drink while driving. According to authorities, reducing the number of impaired drivers requires that certain steps be taken including mandatory assessment for substance abuse and immediate loss of driving privileges. Studies show sobriety stops are another way of reducing alcohol-related crashes and community-based education against drunk driving may help reduce the number of accidents.

If a driver drinks and causes a car accident and injures another motorist or pedestrian, the victim can incur significant medical and other expenses. A personal injury attorney can assist such a victim in the pursuit of compensation for those damages.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Impaired Driving: Get the Facts“, January 03, 2015

SHARE THIS POST
facebooktwittergoogle

Categories

Archives

Testimonials

Providing Legal
Solutions In An
Equitable &
Cost-Effective Manner

Related Articles

23Mar

It is not uncommon nowadays for spouses to recognize that while their marriage was a significant part of their life in the past, it should not continue to be a…

23Feb

Let’s say that you are a spouse whose primary role is raising the children and keeping the house. Your spouse is the primary breadwinner. You are seeking a divorce, but…

19Jan

Even your pets will feel the emotional impact of your divorce. They will not necessarily understand what is happening, but their entire world will be different moving forward. Children likewise…

Need Our Help?

Schedule Your Free Consultation Today

Contact Us

Get Your Free Consultation!
  • nine minus six =
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
Call Now Button