The newest statistics are from 2010 and they again point to drunk driving as the leading cause of motor-vehicle fatalities. These kinds of accidents account for about 30 percent of all fatal car accidents nationwide year after year yet they’re all completely preventable.
In 2010, drunk driving-related accidents took the lives of nearly 10,500 people, many of them completely innocent. In a drunk driving car accident, at least one driver returned a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher.
We saw a near 5 percent decrease in these kinds of accidents from 2009 to 2010, but safe driving officials aren’t hanging their hopes on these numbers. Our Montgomery car accident attorneys understand that the summer travel season is here and so are the increased risks for accidents.
During this time, more and more motorists will be hitting our roadways and visiting with friends and family members and making their way to their vacation destinations. Unfortunately, many of these destinations involve family gatherings, parties and alcohol. With more motorists on our roadways we have higher risks for an accident.
In 2010, someone was killed in an alcohol-impaired-driving accident every 51 minutes. Every state in the country has by law created a threshold making it illegal per se to drive with a BAC of .08 or higher. Of the near 10,500 people who were killed in alcohol-related car accidents in 2010, nearly 70 percent were drivers who had a BAC of .08 or higher.
There are innocent people who are killed in these kinds of accidents, too. Of the remaining 3,000 people who were not the intoxicated drivers, about 30 percent were motor vehicle occupants and another 10 percent were nonoccupants.
These accidents can also impact children. In 2010, there were more than 1,200 children under the age of 15 who were killed in alcohol-related traffic accidents. More than 60 percent were occupants of a vehicle with a drunk driver, more than 10 percent were pedestrians who were hit by a drunk driver. Of all of the kids who died throughout the year, more than 15 percent were killed in these kinds of accidents.
In the state of Alabama, there were nearly 900 people who were killed in car accidents in 2010. Of these fatalities, nearly 315, or close to 40 percent, were the result of alcohol-related car accidents. All of these accidents could have been prevented and the victims could be here with us today if drivers were a little bit more responsible behind the wheel and made alternative plans to get home and stayed out of the driver’s seat after consuming alcohol.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an alcohol-related car accident in Alabama, contact the Montgomery injury lawyers at Allred & Allred P.C. to set up a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights. Call 334.396.9200.
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