Drunk Driving Statistics

Last updated on: March 12, 2015



According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), each year, some 40 percent of all motor vehicle collisions are caused by intoxicated drivers. Driving under the influence of alcohol with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or higher poses a serious threat to anyone else on the road. Data from the NHTSA also estimates that around 15,000 to 20,000 people are killed in alcohol-induced collisions on a yearly basis, while even more are injured. Some statistics point to near 300,000 people that are injured annually in the United States because of an intoxicated driver.

The average drunk driver, according to the Centers for Disease Control, has driven intoxicated an estimated 80 other times before that particular incident. In 1983, the peak year for DUI incidents in the United States, there were 1.9 million arrests for driving while intoxicated. What may be surprising to some is that even those who were not convicted of DUI charges may still have caused an alcohol-related collision. This is because any presence of alcohol in a driver’s system at the time of a crash is considered to have contributed to the accident and ensuing injuries.

Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) is an advocacy organization that raises awareness about the dangers of drunk driving. Data that they gathered from the NHTSA states that on average, one person is killed every 52 minutes in the United States because of a drunk driver.

The Role of Young Drivers

Young drivers are playing a surprisingly large role in DUI statistics. According to MADD, car crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers. One third of those fatal crashes are caused by alcohol consumption, and wrecks involving drunk teenage drivers kill about 6,000 people each year. Moreover, the NHTSA postulates that if current statistical trends continue, one in three people will be involved in a drunk driving crash at some point in their lifetime. Tragically, even though law enforcement is doing their part to crack down on intoxicated drivers, up to 75 percent of those who have had their licenses suspended will continue to drive anyway.

Other Statistics of Concern

Sobriety checkpoints are often an effective tool that law enforcement uses to reduce the amount of car accident deaths and injuries. Some statistics suggest that these DUI checkpoints are responsible for preventing these accidents by 20 percent. Most of those checkpoints take place at night, because DUI crashes are four times more likely at night than during the day. Those who are injured in these types of drunk driver accidents are encouraged to seek financial compensation by speaking with a car wreck attorney from our firm.

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Our car accident law firm was founded in Texas and has a team of Austin personal injury lawyers as well as attorneys in Dallas and Fort Worth.

As we’ve grown we expanded out west to El Paso, Texas subsequently into Arizona adding Tucson Personal Injury Lawyers to the firm, as well as adding offices in Colorado including Denver Personal Injury Lawyers and the surrounding cities such as Colorado Springs.

Types of Cases We Handle:

We also have a team of attorneys that have experience serious injury cases such as car accidents, wrongful death and truck accidents.   We also have experience handling more complex cases such as gas explosions and drug injury cases, such as the Taxotere® Lawsuits.