The Prevalence of Drinking and Driving in the U.S.
Although it’s common knowledge that it’s never safe to drink and drive, drunk driving accidents happen far too often on U.S. roads — and all drunk driving accidents are preventable with one straightforward task for drivers — don’t drink and drive. Here’s what every driver should know about the prevalence of drunk driving crashes in the U.S.
Drunk Driving Statistics
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), each day, an estimated 28 people die in drunk driving accidents — that’s one life every 52 minutes. Here are some alarming facts:
- 10,142 people died in drunk driving accidents in 2019.
- Roughly one-third of all motor vehicle crash fatalities are due to drunk drivers with a BAC (blood alcohol content) of .08 or higher.
- In 2018, 24% of young drivers between 15 and 20 years were fatally injured in crashes had a BAC of .01 or higher.
- In 2018, 1,878 people died in alcohol-related crashes when drivers had lower BAC levels (BACs of .01 to .07), which proves any amount of alcohol can impact driving ability.
Can You Sue a Drunk Driver?
A drunk driver will face criminal charges for their careless and illegal behavior — and when the accident causes an injury or death, victims can hold them accountable through a civil lawsuit. Pursuing a civil suit against a drunk driver can be a complicated process, so having an experienced personal injury attorney in your corner to help you conduct your case is critical.
Injured in a Drunk Driving Accident? We Can Help.
A motor vehicle crash is devastating enough, but it can make it that much more of a stressful ordeal when it involves a drunk driver who caused harm to others. If you or a loved one have been hurt in a drunk driving accident, you have the right to pursue compensation for your injuries. From medical bills to treatment and therapy costs, many victims face financial burdens adding to the strains when trying to recover and heal.
If another negligent driver caused your injury, our personal injury attorneys are here to help you seek justice. We have helped countless Floridians receive the compensation they deserve, and we want to do the same for you.
Contact Rosenberg & Rosenberg, P.A.today at (888) 499-6206 to schedule a free consultation.