Drunk driving is one of the most dangerous things that a driver can do. The dangers of drunk driving are well known but people continue to die in drunk driving car accidents every year due to the negligence of others. An experienced car accident attorney can help car accident victims preserve their rights and hold drunk drivers accountable by filing negligence and car accident lawsuits. A negligence lawsuit is a type of personal injury action in which one person sues for damages caused by the negligent behavior of another. A negligence lawsuit can help a car accident victim pay for medical bills and lost wages, among other things.
Despite the ongoing problem of car accidents, self-reported drunk driving rates have decreased according to a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC study was based on a telephone survey of over 200,000 American adults. Approximately 1 in 50 admitted to driving drunk during the previous month and some individuals admitted to driving drunk every day.
“While the nation has made great strides in reducing drunk driving over the years, it continues to be one of the leading causes of death and injury on America’s roads – claiming a life every 48 minutes,” said David Strickland, the administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The CDC statistics indicate that there were about 112 million drunken driving episodes last year across the country, or 300,000 incidents per day. This number is probably a lower figure than the actual amounts of drunk driving because many drunk drivers do not believe that they are too intoxicated to drive despite having high blood alcohol levels.