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Drunk drivers cause serious crashes daily in the USA

On Behalf of | May 18, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, around 32 people are killed each day because of drunk drivers in the United States. In 2020, the NHTSA found that 11,654 people died from these crashes, a large 14% increase from the year before.

What makes drunk driving crashes so upsetting is that they are preventable. For victims of crashes, there is always a question of why the other person chose to do something they knew was so reckless.

Any amount of alcohol is too much to drive

While the legal limit is .08% blood alcohol concentration (BAC), it is possible for drivers to have signs of impairment at lower levels than this. The .08% limit is only set to give the authorities a set limit when they can immediately arrest someone for intoxication without further evidence. Having a BAC below that doesn’t necessarily mean that the driver is able to drive safely.

Did you know that at only .02% BAC, it is already the case that drivers lose some of their better judgment? They may have an altered mood and be relaxed. These effects increase the likelihood of a crash since the driver’s reaction time may be slowed. With divided attention, the driver may not be paying attention and could make errors that lead to a crash.

Drivers have a responsibility to others

All drivers have a responsibility to others and need to be safe on the roads. If they are too intoxicated to drive, even if their BAC is low, they should not drive.

There are many options available for people who want to get home after drinking, so there is no excuse for drinking and driving.

What should victims of drunk driving crashes do?

As a victim of a crash involving a drunk driver, you have the right to pursue a claim against the other driver. You may be able to seek compensation for your injuries and medical bills, lost wages, loss of enjoyment of life and other financial and personal losses. It’s possible for you to make your claim and hold the driver accountable for their actions.