Drunk driving accidents are devastating because they are entirely preventable, as long as an intoxicated person does not get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle and drive while drunk.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported a 4.6 percent increase in drunk driving accidents during 2012. More than 10,300 people lost their lives that year in car accidents caused by drunk drivers – the majority of these being caused by individuals whose blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was at least two times the legal limit.
When an Experienced Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer Can Help
If you have been involved in a drunk driving accident, contact Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, right away. Our firm is here to provide you with compassionate counsel and aggressive representation during this difficult time in your life.
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DWI Accident Statistics
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates 30 people die each and every day in the United States as a result of accidents caused by alcohol-impaired drivers. That means one person is killed every 51 minutes in this type of accident. Close to one-third of traffic fatalities nationwide, or 10,322 deaths, are caused by drivers who are under the influence or impaired by alcohol. Of the 239 children (under the age of 14), who died in DUI accidents, more than half were reportedly riding with the alcohol-impaired driver.
When Do People Drive Drunk?
Drunk driving can happen any time, day or night. However, Mothers Against Drunk Driving reports that drunk driving fatalities in 2011 were almost 4.5 times higher during the evening hours than during the daytime hours. Fatalities in drunk driving accidents during the week are also half as likely as those on weekends.
People are much more likely to drive drunk at certain times of the year, such as over the summer and during the end of the year holiday season. Some of the deadliest holidays for drunk driving include Independence Day, Memorial Day, Thanksgiving, Labor Day, Christmas and New Year’s.
Recent research has also found that teenagers, who have ridden in a vehicle with an alcohol-impaired driver, are far more likely to themselves drive drunk than other teenagers, according to LiveScience.
Effects of High BAC
As an individual consumes alcohol, it is absorbed into the person’s bloodstream. According to the CDC, a person’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) can have a very profound effect on his or her ability to drive. Here are some of the commons effects of BAC:
- Ability to rapidly track moving objects is lowered
- May experience a decline in other vision functions as well
- Inability to perform more than one task at a time
- Reduction in coordination abilities
- Further reduction in ability to keep track of moving objects
- Problems with dexterity and steering
- Slowed response in emergency situations
- Inability to concentrate
- Loss of short-term memory
- Incapable of adequate speed control
- Trouble with signal detection
- Visual search abilities reduced
- Perception becomes impaired
- Reduced ability to brake properly
- Has trouble maintaining lane position
- Vehicle control is severely impaired
- Trouble keeping attention on task of driving
- Difficulty processing visual and auditory information
The risk of being involved in an alcohol-related accident is significantly higher for younger drivers than it is for older drivers, regardless of BAC.
What to Do If You Were Hit by a Drunk Driver
If you have been involved in an accident caused by a drunk driver, it’s imperative that you seek medical attention for any injuries you have sustained. To protect your legal rights, it’s important to hire a drunk driving car accident lawyer soon after the accident to help you determine the cause of your accident and assist you in gathering the evidence necessary to prove fault. Delay in pursuing your legal case can hamper collecting vital evidence to prove your case, such as eyewitness testimony.
Contact a Binghamton Car Accident Lawyer Today
Our firm offers a free initial consultation and review of your case. During this consultation you will be given the opportunity to ask a drunk driving attorney any case-related questions you may have, so you can make an informed decision on how you wish to proceed. Call us today, or fill out our online form.
- NHTSA: NHTSA Data Confirms Traffic Fatalities Increased In 2012
- CDC: Effects of Blood Alcohol Concentration
- MADD: Drunk Driving Statistics
- USA Today: The most dangerous holidays
- Live Science: Teens More Likely to Drive Drunk After Riding with Intoxicated Drivers
Last Updated: January 12. 2015