Drunk Driving Accidents

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Alcohol consumption is associated with a wide range of accidents and injuries resulting from the impaired performance of complex mental and motor functions. The relationship between alcohol and motor vehicle crashes is well known; alcohol also has been implicated in many railroad, boating, and aircraft accidents. The subtlety and complexity of the skills required to operate these vehicles make them susceptible to impairment by low doses of alcohol.

Understanding Drunk Driving Accidents

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) refers to drunk driving crashes as "alcohol-impaired-driving" accidents. Although the following drunk Driving car accident statistics are estimates and subject to fluctuation, the lesson remains the same – drunk driving claims lives.

United States Drunk Driving Car Accident Statistics (2009)

  • Three in every ten Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related crash at some point in their lives.
  • Of fatal accidents in 2009, 32 percent involved alcohol-impaired drivers.
  • On average, one person died every 48 minutes in 2009 due to an alcohol-impaired driver.
  • In 2009, all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico made it illegal to drive with a BAC of .08 or higher. Of the 10,839 people who died in an alcohol-related crash, 7,281 (67 percent) had drivers with BACs above the legal limit.
  • For fatal crashes occurring from midnight to 3 a.m., 66 percent involved alcohol-impaired driving.
  • On New Year's Day, 468 people were killed in car accidents. Alcohol-impaired driving contributed to 40 percent of them.
  • Fatal crashes involving alcohol-impaired drivers occurred four times more at night than during the day (37 percent versus 9 percent).
  • Of the drivers involved in fatal crashes, 30 percent of males had a BAC of .01+ and 25 percent had a BAC of .08+; 16 percent of women had a BAC of .01+ and 14 percent had a BAC of .08+.
  • Of people ages 21 to 24 involved in fatal crashes, 35 percent had a BAC above the legal limit.
  • In 2009, 14 percent of children ages 14 and younger killed in crashes died because of alcohol.
  • More than 181 children were killed due to drivers who were drunk.
  • Drivers with a BAC level of .08 or higher in fatal crashes were eight times more likely to have a prior conviction for driving while under the influence.
  • The most frequently recorded BAC level among drinking drivers in fatal crashes was .17, which is more than twice the legal limit.

As you see, drinking and driving is one of the leading causes of car accidents in the United States. These crashes can be prevented if a person that has been drinking simply does not drive a car while intoxicated. If a drunk driver causes you to be injured, we can help you hold that driver accountable. In addition to the drunk driver, drinking establishments like bars, nightclubs and social hosts may also be responsible for causing your injuries and thus responsible for compensating you as well.

If you have been injured by a drunk driver, please call our Minneapolis Injury Lawyers - Attorneys now at 612.339.3852 for a free legal consultation


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