Drunk driving is a dangerous behavior. When a person drives under the influence of drugs or alcohol, they are essentially operating a 5,000 pound missile. Vehicles can quickly turn into weapons when operated by someone who is intoxicated.
So the next time you consider driving after having a few drinks, you need to remember the drunk driving and motor vehicle accident facts listed below. If you were hurt by a drunk or negligent driver, contact our Indianapolis personal injury lawyers for help recovering the full and fair compensation you deserve.
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According the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), these are the most recent statistics and facts regarding intoxicated driving accidents and fatalities:
⇛ In the United States, 28 people die in an alcohol/impaired driving accident, EVERYDAY. That equates to 1 death every hour.
⇛ In 2015, 29% of all motor vehicle crashes that resulted in fatalities were caused by drunk driving. That means that than 10,000 people died that year in an alcohol-impaired car crash.
⇛ In 2015, there were 1,100,132 traffic deaths among minors. From these traffic fatalities, 209 were alcohol-related.
⇛ More than 1 million drivers were arrested in 2015 for impaired driving.
⇛ Separate from alcohol, 16% of all motor vehicle accidents are caused by legal and illegal drugs.
Individuals More at Risk of Impaired Driving Accidents
⇛ It is suggested that younger individuals (under 24 years old) are more likely to be involved in a serious motor vehicle accident as a result of intoxicated driving.
⇛ In 2015, 8% of the drunk drivers involved in a fatal crash were between the ages of 21 and 24 years old. 27% were between the ages of 25 and 34, and 23% were between the ages of 35 and 44.
⇛ Drug users are 25% more likely to be involved in a motor vehicle accident compared to non-drug users.
⇛ In 2015, 27% of all motorcycle accident fatalities were alcohol impaired related.
⇛ The highest percentage of deaths (37%) among motorcyclist accidents are between the ages of 35 and 39.
⇛ Drunk drivers involved in fatal car crashes are more than 4 times as likely to have a prior conviction for DUI compared to drivers involved in fatal car crashes with no alcohol in their system.