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What are the national statistics on drunk driving accidents?

With summer in Sugar Land come ball games, picnics, camping trips and trips to the beach. At all of these events, it is not unusual for participants to enjoy a cold beer, a glass of wine or a cocktail. While most people drink responsibly, there will be those who put not only their own, but every other motorist's life in their hands, and drive drunk.

Unfortunately, the statistics surrounding drunk driving accidents in the United States paint a grim picture. In 2013 over 10,000 people were killed in accidents involving a motorist whose blood alcohol concentration was at or above the legal limit of 0.08 percent. This amounted to over 30 percent of all fatal traffic accidents in 2013. And, in fact, of all the drunk driving deaths in the nation in 2013, 68 percent involved a driver whose BAC was at or above 0.15 percent. To put it in another perspective, in 2013 ever 52 minutes there was approximately one fatality due to drunk driving.

Drunk driving accidents in the United States also frequently involved children. Of all traffic related deaths involving individuals age 14 or younger, approximately 17 percent were due to drunk driving accidents. These children were not only occupants of motor vehicles, but may have been riding their bikes or were pedestrians.

The time of day also played a role in many drunk driving accidents. In 2013, drunk driving accidents were almost four times more likely to occur at night than in the daytime hours. In addition, 30 percent of fatal accidents in 2013 that took place on weekends involved a drunk driver.

If a Sugar Land resident is involved in an accident caused by a drunk driver, and suffers serious injuries, he or she may have many questions. The questions may not only be regarding the medical care they need to recover from any injuries suffered in the crash, but also how he or she can hold the drunk driver accountable for the damages that driver caused. Speaking to a Sugar Land personal injury attorney may be a good way to get answers to these questions and more.

Source: National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, "Alcohol-Impaired Driving," December 2014

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