The Tragic Results of Impaired Driving
Nearly 30 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes involving an alcohol-impaired driver every day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This amounts to one death every 48 minutes. Furthermore, they calculate the cost of alcohol-related crashes totals more than $51 billion annually.
The CDC provides these other startling statistics:
- In 2010, 10,228 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes, accounting for nearly one-third (31%) of all traffic-related deaths in the United States.
- Of the 1,210 traffic deaths among children ages 0 to 14 years in 2010, 211 (17%) involved an alcohol-impaired driver.
- Of the 211 child passengers ages 14 and younger who died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes in 2010, over half (131) were riding in the vehicle with the alcohol-impaired driver.
- In 2010, over 1.4 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics. That’s one percent of the 112 million self-reported episodes of alcohol-impaired driving among U.S. adults each year.
- Drugs other than alcohol (e.g., marijuana and cocaine) are involved in about 18% of motor vehicle driver deaths. These other drugs are often used in combination with alcohol.
Alcohol-impaired drivers are involved in about 1 in 3 crash deaths, resulting in over 10,000 deaths in 2010.
This is a terrible price to pay for drinking and driving. Apart from the family and personal loss suffered, consider the loss to communities throughout the United States of those whose contributions to society will never be realized.
Some basic safety steps you should follow when your plans involve alcohol:
- Prior to any drinking, designate a non-drinking driver when with a group.
- Don’t let your friends drive impaired. Take their keys away.
- If you’re hosting a party where alcohol will be served, remind your guests to plan ahead and designate their sober driver; offer alcohol-free beverages; and make sure all guests leave with a sober driver.
You can also get a Safe Ride Home from McDivitt Law Firm
For more than seven years, McDivitt Law Firm has provided free cab rides home to residents in Colorado Springs and Pueblo, to help ensure the roads are safe for everyone in our community. This program is offered on St. Patrick’s Day, Cinco de Mayo, Halloween and New Year’s Eve. McDivitt Law Firm has provided more than 17,500 safe rides home since 2007.
McDivitt Law Firm also sponsors rides home through Designated Driver of Colorado Springs each weekend for active duty members of the military. Click here to find out more about that program.
If you or someone you know has been involved in an automobile accident due to someone’s impaired driving, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and other damages.
Contact one of the experienced Colorado auto accident attorneys at McDivitt Law Firm today. Call toll free 877-846-4878, or click here to fill out a free case evaluation form. Remember, your initial consultation is absolutely free, and you do not owe us a fee until we collect money for you.Back to the Blog