With all the focus on anti-distracted driving measures these days, it is easy to lose sight of the fact that drunk driving kills more people than any other accident factor across the country, except speeding. Thankfully, the number of drunk drivers on our roads has significantly declined, but motorists in Indiana continue to be at risk from intoxicated drivers.
A look at Indiana’s drunk driving accident statistics for the past few years provides a more complete picture. According to the Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, as many as one in three traffic accident fatalities in the United States involves legally drunk driver. The term refers to a driver operating a motor vehicle with a blood-alcohol concentration of a minimum of .08%.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also estimates that there were a total of 2,210 alcohol-related accident fatalities in the state of Indiana between 2003 and 2012. The vast majority of fatalities involving intoxicated drivers were persons in the age group between 21 to 24.
According to recent Indiana government data, in 2015, the last year for which there are final and conclusive statistics available, there were a total of 180 drunk driving accident fatalities in the state of Indiana. State agencies in Indiana have stepped up their enforcement activities, in order to curtail drunk driving in the state. In 2015, the DUI Task Force program increased enforcement activities, with strategies designed to reduce the number of people willing to drink and drive.
Individual motorists however must be more diligent about avoiding drinking, after a few drinks. Remember, that your tolerance to alcohol could differ depending on your general health, your medical history, the types of foods that you have consumed along with the alcohol, any medication that you are on and other factors. In other words, you may believe that you are sober enough to drive, but could possibly be legally impaired, and your driving abilities could have been impacted severely enough to cause an accident.
Accidents involving alcohol are often devastating accidents, because they frequently include high speeds, erratic and aggressive driving, road rage, drowsy driving, and a number of other factors that actually exacerbate the effects of alcohol. Intoxicated drivers are much more likely than others to doze off at the wheel, or make dangerous driving errors, like driving on the wrong side of the highway, that could end with fatal consequences. Wrong way driving accidents, one of the most dangerous types of accidents, very often involve intoxicated motorists. Unfortunately, accidents involving motorists, who have passed out at the wheel from alcohol intake, are not rare.
If you have been injured as a result of an alcohol-related accident involving an intoxicated motorist, you could possibly be eligible for compensation for your financial losses as a result of the accident as well as the mental and emotional trauma that you suffered. Speak to an Indiana personal injury lawyer at Montross Miller Muller Mendelson & Kennedy, LLP and discuss your chances for a claim.