According to the 2015 data report for Louisiana, LSU determined that “46.3% of traffic fatalities were alcohol related.”
These numbers can seem shocking given
In every state, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content of .08% or higher. Yet for every 88 instances of driving, someone is arrested for operating a motor vehicle above the legal limit. Within two hours of drinking, 772 drivers will be arrested for drunk driving.
DUI Accident Statistics
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that in the year 2000, about 1400 automobile accidents involving fatalities had been caused by a driver with at least one other DUI or DWI conviction. This accounts for about 8.5% of all alcohol-involved automobile accidents where a fatality has occurred.
What these statistics show is that drunk driving is a serious offense. Drivers who have been drinking alcohol are nearly 1.4 times more likely to be involved in a fatal automobile accident. Unfortunately, repeat offenders pose the greatest risk accounting for nearly one-third of all drunk driving-related arrests.
We Sue Drunk Drivers
Seriously injured by a drunk driver in the state of Louisiana? Want justice for your loved ones? Make sure the same thing doesn’t happen to someone else.
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If you or a loved one has been injured by a drunk driver, the Shreveport, Louisiana Personal Injury Law Offices of L. Clay Burgess can help you file a claim and aggressively seek compensation.
A skilled Shreveport personal injury lawyer will lead you through the process of documenting evidence, investigating and finding witnesses, filing a claim, negotiating a settlement and even going to trial when necessary.
Pedestrians, other drivers and passengers in the drunk driver’s vehicle may be eligible for compensation from the driver or their insurer. To find out if you are eligible contact the personal injury attorneys at L. Clayton Burgess today.
According to the CDC, every day, almost 30 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. This amounts to one death every 51 minutes. The annual cost of alcohol-related crashes totals more than $59 billion.
- In 2012, 10,322 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes, accounting for nearly one-third (31%) of all traffic-related deaths in the United States.
- Of the 1,168 traffic deaths among children ages 0 to 14 years in 2012, 239 (20%) involved an alcohol-impaired driver.
- Of the 239 child passengers ages 14 and younger who died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes in 2012, over half (124) were riding in the vehicle with the alcohol-impaired driver.
- In 2010, over 1.4 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics. That’s one percent of the 112 million self-reported episodes of alcohol-impaired driving among U.S. adults each year.
- Drugs other than alcohol (e.g., marijuana and cocaine) are involved in about 18% of motor vehicle driver deaths. These other drugs are often used in combination with alcohol.
Who is most at risk?
- At all levels of blood alcohol concentration (BAC), the risk of being involved in a crash is greater for young people than for older people.
- Among drivers with BAC levels of 0.08 % or higher involved in fatal crashes in 2012, one out of every 3 were between 21 and 24 years of age (32%). The next two largest groups were ages 25 to 34 (27%) and 35 to 44 (24%).
- Among motorcyclists killed in fatal crashes in 2012, 29% had BACs of 0.08% or greater.
- Nearly half of the alcohol-impaired motorcyclists killed each year are age 40 or older, and motorcyclists ages 40-44 have the highest percentage of deaths with BACs of 0.08% or greater (44%).
Drivers with prior driving while impaired (DWI) convictions:
- Drivers with a BAC of 0.08% or higher involved in fatal crashes were seven times more likely to have a prior conviction for DWI than were drivers with no alcohol in their system? (7% and 1%, respectively).
A personal injury caused by a drunk driver is often serious and causes a dramatic change in the life of the victim. You may need compensation to make up for missed work or resulting unemployment, medical bills, and pain and suffering. Enlisting the help of a personal injury attorney that is well-versed in negotiation with the insurance companies increases your likelihood of receiving maximum compensation. It is imperative that you have a personal injury lawyer who is experienced in handling drunk driving injury cases. Having the right personal injury attorney on your side can change the outcome of your case entirely.
WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR DRUNK DRIVING ACCIDENTS?
A number of parties may be held responsible for drunk driving accidents, including:
Drunk drivers are responsible for their own behavior, including choosing to drive their vehicles after consuming alcohol.
People who host parties where alcohol is served can be held liable in the event a guest causes a drunk driving accident, especially if the host was known to provide alcohol to the guest after he or she was clearly inebriated.
- Bar/Restaurant Staff & Owners
Bar and restaurant owners and employees can also be held responsible for drunk driving accidents. It is their responsibility to stop serving patrons that appear to be intoxicated.
HOW CAN THE L. CLAYTON BURGESS INJURY LAWYERS HELP?
When you call us after your drunk driving accident, we’ll investigate the accident and any contributing factors, including any parties or bars where the negligent driver may have consumed alcohol prior to causing the crash. Then, we’ll fight to get you damages for your accident-related expenses.
At the law firm of L. Clayton Burgess, we offer the No Fee Guarantee, which means we don’t charge any attorney’s fees unless you win your case or receive a settlement. With our guarantee, there’s no risk to pursue a civil claim for your drunk driving accident. Don’t wait to get the help you deserve for an accident that was not your fault—contact our Louisiana drunk driving accident attorneys today and get a free initial consultation.
If you or someone you know has suffered a personal injury due to a drunk driver in or around the area of Shreveport Louisiana, contact Personal Injury Law Offices of Clay Burgess to speak with a skilled Shreveport personal injury attorney. We offer FREE case evaluations at our local-based law office in person or over the phone at: 318-716-3109.