At Howe & Associates, our personal injury attorneys see an overwhelming amount of injury and suffering resulting from irresponsible and negligent driving. One of the most common causes of automotive accidents is driving while intoxicated. There truth is, there is not much that is more risky than getting behind the wheel of a care after you have had too much to drink.
Alcohol Related Automotive Accident Statistics
According to a survey by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, over 29.1 million people admitted to operating a vehicle while under the the influence of alcohol in the year 2012. In 2013, the consequences are drunk driving were staggering. Reports of 10,076 drunk driving related deaths were document and 290,000 injuries occurred as a result of alcohol related automotive accidents. Of the 10,076 deaths occurring after an alcohol-related car accident, 1,149 were under the age of 14.
Preventing Alcohol Related Automotive Accidents
The most obvious way to prevent drunk driving accidents is to never get behind the wheel while intoxicated. The only thing that will sober a person up is time, so don’t assume a cup of coffee or a cold shower is enough to be safe to drive. You can also prevent others from driving drunk by offering to be a designated driving or intervening if you know a friend has had too much to drink.
At Howe & Associates, we believe everyone should do their part to preventing drunk driving related injuries and deaths. Unfortunately, there are always a number of people who don’t take seriously the risk that comes with driving while impaired.
If you have been injured by a drunk driver or have lost a loved one in an alcohol related accident, you may have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit. For more information about filing a personal injury claim, click here or call 404-285-4205 to talk to a personal injury attorney at Howe & Associates.