The Devastating Impact of Drunk Driving Accidents: Statistics and Trends
Drunk driving is an issue that affects everyone, causing thousands of deaths each year in the United States alone. Pacific Injury Law Firm understands this devastating reality and is committed to helping victims and their families seek justice. In this blog post, we will explore the statistics and trends associated with drunk driving accidents.
Drunk Driving Statistics Across the US
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that in 2019, 10, 142 people died in alcohol-related traffic crashes — representing 28% of all traffic fatalities for the year. Additionally, an estimated 291, 000 people were injured in alcohol-related crashes during 2019 — accounting for 17% of all reported motor vehicle injuries for that year.
These figures are alarming when you consider that drunk driving fatalities have been steadily declining since 1982. In fact, NHTSA estimates that drunk driving claims a life every 50 minutes on average across America — a number which has not decreased significantly over the past decade despite increased public awareness campaigns and tougher laws against drinking and driving.
Contributing Factors to Drunk Driving Accidents
According to NHTSA data from 2017–2018:
- Around 39% of fatal car accidents involved drivers with a blood alcohol content (BAC) level of 0.08 or higher;
- Drivers between 21–24 years old were most likely to be involved in fatal car accidents due to having a BAC level of 0.08 or higher;
- The highest percentage (27%) of fatal car accidents involving drivers with a BAC level at or above 0.08 was found among drivers aged 25–34;
- Men accounted for four times as many drunk driving deaths as women;
- On average, 28 people died each day due to alcohol-impaired crashes — one death every 51 minutes;
- During holiday weekends such as Memorial Day and Labor Day, fatality rates were significantly higher than normal due to increased drinking activities;
- Nearly half (45%) of all fatally injured drivers who had been drinking had prior DUI convictions on their record;
- Approximately one third (31%) of those killed in alcohol-impaired crashes were not wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash;
- Approximately one fourth (25%) of those killed in alcohol-impaired crashes were speeding at the time they crashed into another vehicle or object;
Increasing Awareness Around Drunk Driving Accidents
It’s clear from these statistics just how dangerous drunk driving can be – yet it’s still an issue facing families across America every day. At Pacific Injury Law Firm we believe it’s essential to raise awareness around this issue so that more lives can be saved – both through prevention efforts such as public education campaigns and stricter enforcement laws against impaired driving offenses – but also through providing legal support for victims who have suffered injury or loss due to someone else’s negligence behind the wheel while under influence.
Pacific Injury Law Firm] has experienced [personal injury attorneys who are capable and passionate about helping victims get justice after suffering harm caused by someone else’s reckless behavior on our roads – including those affected by drunk drivers. Car accident lawyers from our firm have extensive experience dealing with insurance companies on behalf of clients who have suffered serious bodily injury or property damage caused by impaired motorists – allowing them access to much needed financial compensation during difficult times following such tragic events .