If you or a loved one was involved in a car accident caused by a drunk driver, you are not alone. Every year, thousands of people are injured in accidents caused by drunk drivers and thousands more are killed. The most recent statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that an estimated 12,998 people were killed in alcohol-related accidents in 2007, which represents 31.7 percent of all traffic fatalities in the United States. That same year, there were 3,363 fatalities caused by drunken driving accidents in Texas.
Even though alcohol-related deaths have actually gone down in recent years, the holiday season usually brings a significant number of fatalities caused by drunken driving accidents. People still get behind the wheel when they are drunk, despite all the warnings, public awareness and educational programs. It has been estimated that 40 percent of Americans will be involved in traffic accident that is attributed to alcohol at some point in their lives.
Research has shown that a driver who has a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.10 or greater is seven times more likely to be involved in a fatal car accident than a driver who has not consumed alcohol. A driver with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.15 or greater is approximately 25 times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash.
The Numbers Are Frightening
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released its Traffic Safety Facts report, reflecting the 2007 statistics relating to drunken driving accidents. These statistics reiterate the fact that alcohol-related accidents can cause serious injures and death. The following is a summary of the key findings of the study:
- The 25 to 34 age group accounted for 23 percent of all alcohol-impaired driving fatalities, which was tied with the 45 to 64 age group.
- In approximately 67 percent of the deaths caused by drunken driving accidents, the driver had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 or higher.
- The majority of alcohol-related accidents caused by drivers with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 or higher, occurred between midnight to 3:00 AM.
If you or a family member has been injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver, you have legal rights and can pursue monetary damages. Contact the experienced Texas car accident attorneys at VB Attorneys at 713-224-7800 or 877-724-7800 for expert legal advice regarding your case.