Being in a car accident is bad enough without finding out that the other driver had been intoxicated at the time of the collision. There’s really no reason for anyone to be behind the wheel of a vehicle when they’re not sober. Whether they’ve been using drugs or drinking alcohol, their choices put others at risk.
One group that follows and collects data on the damage drunk drivers cause is Mothers Against Drunk Driving. MADD reported that in 2014, judges were given the right to make even first-time offenders of drunk-driving laws use ignition interlock devices, helping keep the roads safer. With these devices, the drivers can’t turn on their vehicles without passing a breathalyzer test.
In 2014, there were 40,677 drunk-driving arrests. Of those, over half were convicted. In total, 26,291 people were convicted of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol while driving; these people put the lives of others in danger and should face the consequences for doing so.
Drunk driving accounted for around 676 fatalities in 2014. That totals up to over a quarter of the total number of traffic deaths. The good news is that the number of drunk-driving fatalities has reduced by around 4.7 percent, but that won’t help in cases where someone is hurt because of someone else’s negligent behavior.
When your life is put in danger by someone else’s decisions, you have every right to want answers and to be compensated for the pain you’ve been put through. Our website has more information on how your attorney can help you build your case.