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 2018, 10,511 people died from drunk-driving crashes. Every two minutes someone is injured in a drunk driving crash, while every 51 minutes someone is killed. Drunk driving kills more people on U.S. roads than any other cause.
Although the number of drunk driving accidents decreased from 2017 to 2018, fatalities increased by 9.2 percent over the same period. 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)
- In 2017, 9 percent of all drivers involved in fatal crashes during the day were drinking, compared to 32 percent at night
- In 2017, almost twice as many alcohol-related traffic fatalities occurred during weekends compared to weekdays
- More than half of children killed in drunk driving crashes are killed by their own intoxicated driver
- 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 2018:
- 11,345 people were involved in drunk driving accidents,
- 7,602 people incurred injuries from drunk driving accidents
- 421 individuals lost their lives in drunk driving accidents
In fact, although drunk driving “only” accounted for four percent of North Carolina car crashes, nearly a third of all fatalities involved alcohol impairment. In Winston-Salem alone, 2018 saw 331 crashes involving drunk driving, which resulted in 442 injuries and 22 fatalities.
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 Prom Night 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 Prom Night Pledge to stay drug and alcohol free on prom night.
Have You Been Involved in a Drunk Driving Accident?
As drunk driving accident attorneys, 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.
At Daggett Shuler, you can depend on us.
At Daggett Shuler, you can depend on us.