How many lives are lost due to drunk driving?
From distractions that divert the attention of drivers to reckless speeding and poor weather, auto crashes happen for many reasons. Sadly, in Bossier City, and on roads across the entire state of Louisiana, some of these accidents are caused by drivers who decide to operate a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. To make matters worse, these wrecks claim many lives each year and leave victims’ families with devastating sadness and even financial woes.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that an average of 28 people lose their lives due to drunk driving each day in the U.S. In fact, the NHTSA says that the chances of people being involved in a collision caused by drunk driving during their life is one out of three. Throughout 2015, DUI wrecks claimed more than 10,200 lives. For the relatives of those who pass away in these accidents, it can be even more difficult to know that the crash should never have happened in the first place. Sadly, lives continue to be cut short due to reckless behavior and every 51 minutes, another person’s life will be claimed because of drunk driving, on average.
Furthermore, drunk driving crashes that do not result in the loss of life can also be incredibly difficult for victims and their loved ones. Whether someone loses their ability to work or struggles with extreme pain and mental scars, drunk driving collisions can wreck the lives of those who survive. As a result, victims must take action to hold drunk drivers answerable.