According to statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), incidents of drunk driving have decreased over the last three decades, possibly in part to states passing higher minimum drinking ages. In fact, incidents of driving under the influence have gone down by 30 percent in the last five years alone.
Nevertheless, despite the decrease in the number of people who drive while impaired, fatalities caused by drunk driving accidents still make up more than 30 percent of all traffic fatalities, with an astonishing 11,000 people killed each year by drunk drivers. Moreover, in 2010, there were 112 million incidents of individuals who admitted to drinking and driving.
Men More Likely to Drink and Drive
Men have been found to be the biggest offenders, accounting for 4 out of 5 drunk driving incidents. Young men in the 21-34 year-old age group contribute disproportionately to the number of individuals drinking and driving, responsible for almost one third of drunk driving instances while making up only a little over 10 percent of the population.
Additionally, 85 percent of those who reported drinking and driving also admitted to binge drinking. Binge drinking is defined as drinking a large number of drinks in a short period of time.
Legal Remedies Available to Those Injured by Drunk Drivers
Often times, an accident involving alcohol does more than harm the person drinking. Other drivers, or passengers may be injured or killed. Those injured by drunk drivers may be entitled to compensatory damages, including medical expenses, lost wages, loss of future wages, pain and suffering, and permanent disability. Where a family member is killed by a drunk driver, a wrongful death claim may be available. Punitive damages may also be available, depending on the circumstances of the case.
If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident with a drunk driver, contact an experienced Saint Louis personal injury attorney. A personal injury lawyer can assess your case and help you get the compensation for your injuries that you deserve. For more information, contact an attorney today.