Losing a loved one in a collision is difficult for anyone, but it’s particularly devastating when that crash was the result of a drunk driver. Drunk driving is the top cause of collision on the roads today, according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
Driving while intoxicated doesn’t just affect the victim and the driver involved in the collision. Passengers, friends, family, colleagues and others also feel the impact of these crashes. Entire communities can feel the loss from a fatal crash.
Drunk driving is the primary cause of death on America’s roadways
Did you know that there are over 300,000 drunk driving incidents each day in the United States? In 2018, those incidents led to 29 people dying from collisions each day. In total, 10,511 people lost their lives. Just imagine: That’s a person losing their life once every 50 minutes. That’s unacceptable (and completely preventable).
How many people are injured by drunken drivers each year?
On top of the death toll, there are also many injuries each year. Approximately 300,000 people go to the emergency room or seek medical care for injuries caused by drunk drivers.
When someone chooses to get behind the wheel and drive drunk, they should know that they’re putting their own life, and others’ lives, at risk. They may not have worried about the consequences before they got into their vehicle, but their actions led to real changes in your life. It’s only fair that they are held accountable. If you’re injured or lose a loved one, then you may be able to file a claim and seek compensation for what you’ve been through.