Driving is always potentially dangerous, but when someone gets behind the wheel of a car or truck while intoxicated, that danger becomes a near certainty. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, every day almost 30 people in the U.S. die in drunk-driving crashes, and each year, more than 10,000 lives are lost.
In 2020, 11,654 people died from drunk-driving crashes. Every two minutes someone is injured in a drunk driving crash, while every 45 minutes someone is killed. Drunk driving kills more people on U.S. roads than any other cause.
Drunk driving accidents accounted for 30% of all traffic fatalities (nearly 39,000 deaths) in 2020. If that isn’t scary enough, according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), two out of three people will be impacted by a drunk driving crash in their lifetime.
- The average person metabolizes alcohol at the rate of about one drink per hour
- A standard drink is defined as 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of distilled spirits (each of which contains the same amount of alcohol)
- Teen alcohol use kills over 4,300 people annually (more than all other drugs combined)
- The rate of drunk driving is highest among 26 to 29 year old people.
- 29 people die in drunk driving crashes every day, or one fatality every 50 minutes.
- An average drunk driver has driven drunk over 80 times before their first arrest
- Drunk driving costs each adult in the U.S. over $500 annually
- Car crashes are the leading cause of death in teenagers
- One in four car crashes involve an underage drunk driver
Statistics for the state of North Carolina also speak for themselves. In 2020:
- 11,654 people were involved in drunk driving accidents
- Drunk driving accidents accounted for 30% of all crashes
- Drunk driving accounted for four percent of North Carolina car crashes
- In Winston-Salem alone, 2020 saw 347 crashes involving drunk driving, which resulted in 192 injuries
What Can Be Done?
Although the situation may seem dire, there is still much that can be done to eliminate drunk driving. At Daggett Shuler we stand behind responsible driving. The simple solution is that no one should get behind the wheel of a car if they have had any alcoholic beverages.
Thousands of drivers each year are responsible for taking their own lives and the lives of others by drunk driving or driving in an altered state. These drivers not only include those who are legally allowed to consume alcoholic beverages, but also those who are underage.
At Daggett Shuler we fight to keep our high school students safe by promoting our Safe Sober program, which urges young people to abstain from drinking and doing drugs on prom night. To date, we can proudly say that more than 600,000 high school students have signed the Safe Sober Pledge to stay drug and alcohol free.
Have You Been Involved in a Drunk Driving Accident?
As drunk driving accident lawyers, we have seen far too many senseless accidents involving drunk drivers hurting or even killing innocent people. Each of us has a moral – and legal – responsibility to drive safe and sober.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed by the reckless actions of a drunk driver, it is imperative that you contact a knowledgeable and experienced drunk driving accident attorney who will fight to get you the compensation that you deserve. At Daggett Shuler, we understand the legal process and will hold your hand every step of the way. To learn more or to schedule a FREE case evaluation, call us at 1-800-815-5500 today.