Driving Drunk Kills

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) car accident statistics from 2013 reveal some frightening numbers. In that year alone, 10,076 Americans were killed in car wrecks caused by DUI drivers. Even more startling is the fact that one-third of all U.S. car accident deaths are caused by drivers intoxicated by alcohol.

A Large Percentage of Drivers Admit to Drunk Driving

Despite these death statistics, a substantial number of individuals admit to having operated a vehicle while too drunk to drive. For example, in 2012, in Florida, between 401 and 600 out of every 1,000 drivers admitted to drunk driving. The CDC says that at least 4.2 million U.S. adults have admitted to driving drunk one time or more during the preceding month. Among them, 17 percent admitted to driving under the influence three to 10 times over the course of the last month; 23 percent admitted to driving drunk twice; and 58 percent admitted to driving drunk just one time. Meanwhile, a very small percentage of individuals admitted to driving drunk on a daily basis.

Drunk driving experts believe that approximately 121 million DUI events happen each year. Approximately 505 DUI events happen for every 1,000 individuals. Men are estimated to be the most prevalent DUI offenders, making up an estimated 80 percent of drunk drivers.

326K DUI-Related Injuries

In 2013, DUI-related crashes caused 326,000 non-life-threatening injuries. Those injuries included spinal cord injuries, burns, fractures and traumatic brain injuries. Many of the injured victims have been permanently disabled and are experiencing long term or permanent physical pain relating to their conditions.

Drivers and passengers who are seriously injured by a drunk driver will have the ability to pursue financial restitution in court. Damages in a personal injury case stemming from a DUI event may include: money to pay for medical care, lost wages, pain and suffering and more depending on the nature of the case.