Drunk drivers cause thousands of deaths and serious injuries throughout the country each year, despite laws to prevent accidents.
Ever since the invention of the automobile, drunk driving has been a problem in the United States, including the state of Massachusetts. Every day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 30 people die throughout the country in accidents involving intoxicated drivers. Those who are not killed face catastrophic injuries, many of which can be life-changing.
Every state has laws and strategies to combat the problem of drunk driving, according to the National Safety Council. These include laws that set the minimum drinking age at 21 and limit the legal blood alcohol content for drivers at 0.08 percent. Some states have enacted ignition interlock laws to varying degrees of strictness. Still, at least 40 percent of all motor vehicle deaths are a result of drunk driving.
National drunk driving facts
According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, two out of every three people will be involved in a crash caused by a drunk driver in their lifetime. Additional facts provided by MADD include the following:
- About one fourth of all fatal car crashes involving teenagers involve an underage drunk driver.
- 290,000 people were injured and 10,322 were killed in U.S. drunk driving accidents in 2012.
- Approximately one third of those arrested for DUI are repeat drunk drivers.
In fact, drivers with previous convictions are among those most likely to be involved in a crash, states the CDC. Also at risk are those between the ages of 21 and 24. Young people are known to be influenced by their peers, and often make unsafe driving choices with friends that include alcohol.
Tragic accident claims life of 7-year-old girl
Early in December 2014 in Springfield, a 7-year-old girl was leaving the city library with her mother and cousin when a drunk driver sped down the hill, reportedly not even slowing down before hitting all three near a crosswalk. According to WGGB News, the 48-year-old woman failed field sobriety tests and was arrested on motor vehicle homicide charges. The little girl's mother and cousin were still in the hospital recovering from their injuries.
Contact an attorney
Any crash resulting from a drunk driver's actions can end up with you or your loved ones suffering from severe injuries, in turn leading to expensive medical bills and other losses. You may be entitled to the compensation of these losses. After a serious accident, it's important to contact an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss the options that are available to you.
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