Drunk Driving Statistics
An average of 40 percent of all motor vehicle collisions each year are caused by intoxicated drivers, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). 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. Even more are injured.
Some statistics point to near 300,000 people that are injured in the United States each year because of an intoxicated driver. The average drunk driver, according to the Centers for Disease Control, has driven drunk an estimated 80 other times before that particular incident.
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In the United States' peak year for DUI, 1983, there were 1.9 million arrests for driving while intoxicated. What might 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, or 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 the DUI statistics, which is tragic for both parties. According to MADD, car crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers. One third of those fatal crashes were caused by alcohol consumption. Teenage consumption of alcohol is the cause of about 6,000 people each year, according to MADD. What is also shocking is that the NHTSA also postulates, according to their research, that if statistics continue the way they are now, 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
Also of concern is the fact that a large number of motorcyclists are killed each year in alcohol related collisions. Sobriety checkpoints are often an effective tool that law enforcement uses to cut back the amount of car accident deaths and injuries. Some statistics suggest that these DUI checkpoints are responsible for reducing these accidents by 20 percent. Most of these 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 Dallas personal injury attorney from our firm.
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