The dangers of drunk driving
Did you know one-third of all roadway deaths are due to drunk driving?
Overall, traffic fatalities have been decreasing to record lows with cars becoming more and more safe through the years. However, those fatality numbers could continue to decrease if drivers start practicing accountability.
In 2011, drunk driving was linked to 9,878 of the year’s 32,367 fatalities. In 2012, it was linked in 10,322 out of 33,561.
To make matters even more demoralizing, 20% of children 15 years old and younger who died in auto accidents were killed by drunk drivers over a recent 10 year period.
Of those children, 65% were riding in the vehicle WITH THE IMPAIRED DRIVER.
Do you want me to keep going?
Sadly (as if this wasn’t already sad enough), 61% of those youth 15 years old and younger weren’t restrained by seat belts or child safety seats at the time of the accident.
It gets worst…
A third of the drunk drivers involved in the accidents that killed a child DIDN’T have a valid driver’s license!
So, the reality of drunk driving is – poor decisions and a lack of accountability cost people, and a lot of young people, their lives.
Fighting drunk driving is a tough task that requires a lot of work – outreach, education, penalties and enforcement of penalties. However, the accountability factor may be the toughest task, yet the most important of them all.
Bartenders need to be more weary of their customers and cut them off when drunk. Friends need to take the keys away from their drunk friends. And people need to hold themselves accountable and make better decisions. Call a cab, call a friend or hide your keys when you’ve been drinking – this way you can keep not only yourself safe, but you can keep other innocent people out of harm’s way.
If you’ve been injured in a car accident, you should always seek medical attention first and foremost. After that, seek legal advice from a trusted and experienced car accident attorney, like the ones at Darrell Castle & Associates.
We hope you never to have go through a situation like this, but sometimes things happen out of our control. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident due to the fault of someone else, that “someone else” should be held accountable. That’s why we’ll work on your behalf to fight for the compensation you deserve for your medical bills, lost wages from time off work, pain, suffering and more.
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