Every year when major “drinking” holidays such as New Year’s Eve come around there is a big emphasis on taking measures to prevent drunk driving. These measures are great, and if they even prevent one person from drinking and driving they are a success. That being said, drunk driving is more than just a holiday problem. and continues to be just as dangerous throughout the year.
The National Transportation Safety Board conducted a safety alert in 2009, noting the dangerous nature of Drunk Drivers in the U.S. Below are a few startling statistics to consider:
– One alcohol-impaired driving fatality occurs every 45 minues
– 10,839 people died in the U.S. from alcohol-impaired driving crashes in 2009
– Drivers with a B.A.C. of over .15 or people who were repeat offenders with a drunk driving arrest were involved in more than 70% of the fatal crashes.
These statistics are disheartening, and should serve as a reminder to all of us to be extra careful of other drivers on the roads, as it seems that some drunk drivers refuse to learn their lesson. If you are the victim of a car accident because of the negligence of another driver, contact the personal care attorneys of Rutter Mills today for a free consultation of your legal rights.