Drunk Driving Continues to be Dangerous Problem: Improvements in Drunk Driving Prevention and Safety Appear Stagnant
Everyone knows that drunk driving is a serious problem. The person who chooses to get behind the wheel after having too much to drink is also choosing to risk the lives of everyone on the road, including themselves. Yet, even though everyone seems to understand this concept, too many continue to drive when they shouldn’t. Statistics suggest that the rate of deadly drunk driving accidents has not decreased very much since the mid-1990s.
The legal limit for blood-alcohol content (BAC) in most states is 0.08 percent, but that number isn’t a magical point at which someone becomes impaired. According to statistics compiled by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, the likelihood of a fatal crash increases significantly by the time a person’s BAC level hits 0.05 percent, and increases even more after 0.08 percent. By the time a driver’s BAC reaches 0.15 percent, the chance of getting killed or severely injured in a crash skyrockets.
For a while, there had been a steady decline in the percentage of fatally injured drivers with BAC levels greater than 0.08 percent, from 49% of drivers in 1982 to 33% in 1994. But since 1994, there has been no further decline, with one-third being the standard every year. The number of accidents involving people with high BACs at or above 0.15 is staggering, with 24% of passenger vehicle drivers and 18% of motorcycle drivers carrying that much alcohol in their blood at the time of their death. That number has not changed since 1996.
Even though everyone understands the danger of driving drunk, obviously a number of people are choosing to do so anyway. The decision to drive while intoxicated is almost always a negligent act, from a civil lawsuit standpoint. Whenever anyone suffers damages from an act of negligence, the victims of that negligence may be entitled to compensation for that negligence. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed because of a drunk driver, do not hesitate and contact the experienced Texas Drunk Driving Injury Attorney at Hill Law Firm today.