Did you know that around 28 people die each day as a result of drunk-driving collisions in America? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that between 2010 and 2019 alone, there were over 10,000 deaths a year because of drunk driving.
Around a third of the crashes that happen in the United States are linked to drunk driving, even though people are well aware that drunk driving is hazardous. Between the months of March and September in 2020, around 27% of drivers were involved in drunk-driving crashes. That’s compared to just 21% of drivers in the same time period the year before.
Drunk driving continues to be a problem throughout the country
People keep having issues with drunk driving, and there is enough information to suggest that these crashes are increasing in frequency. In 2020, even though there were fewer drivers on the road, the overall percentage of crashes involving alcohol remained the same.
Colorado saw 1,548 drunk driving fatalities between the years 2009 and 2018. In 2019, there were 3.9 DUI road fatalities per 100,000 drivers.
Being involved in a drunk driving crash is upsetting, especially if someone you love is killed. It is unfortunate that people still choose to drive while impaired, because people do know how alcohol affects the body. Studies have shown that even a small amount of alcohol in the blood can be enough to change the way people drive, so avoiding alcohol before driving should be a priority for everyone.
You have a right to pursue compensation if you have lost a loved one to a drunk driving crash
Obviously, it is not possible to bring back someone you’ve lost after a drunk driving crash, but you do have the right to pursue a claim. People who choose to drive while impaired are making a decision that could have lasting consequences. You know how important it is to get these drivers off the road permanently.
Pursuing a wrongful death claim will allow your family to seek compensation for your losses and the pain and suffering your loved one went through. A criminal case, if one is pending, may also allow you to focus on obtaining justice.