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Traffic Safety Facts: Alcohol-Impaired Driving

Drunk driving is a serious problem in the United States today, and is the cause of thousands of fatalities and injuries every year. Many states have enacted strict laws regarding drunk driving, and even stricter penalties for those found driving drunk. Driving under the influence impairs a driver’s reaction time, judgment, situational awareness, and balance, among other things. As a result drunk drivers are extremely dangerous, both to themselves and to other people who may use the road, like other drivers, pedestrians, or bicyclists.

According a report issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration last year, 10,228 people were killed in traffic crashes involving alcohol-impaired driving in 2010. For the purposes of the report, drivers are considered to be impaired by alcohol when their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is .08 grams per deciliter or higher. The 10,228 fatalities represent almost a third of the total people killed in car crashes in 2010.

The number of people who were killed in alcohol impaired traffic accidents decreased by 4.9 percent in from 2009, and the rate per 100 million vehicle miles traveled decreased from .36 to .34 from 2009 to 2010, respectively.

In 2010, all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico had adopted a 0.08 BAC threshold for drunk driving. Out of the total number of people who were killed in alcohol-impaired traffic accidents in 2010, 65 percent (6,627) were drivers with a BAC of .08 or higher; the rest of the fatalities 2,872 (28%) passengers and 729 (7%) non-occupants.

Contact a Fayette County DUI accident attorney for a free consultation

If you have been involved in an accident with a drunk driver, you may be able to sue the driver and their insurance for any injuries you may have sustained. In order to determine whether you have a case, you should have the circumstances of the incident reviewed by an experienced Fayette County DUI accident lawyer as soon as possible. Cases involving personal injury are subject to a strict statute of limitations, meaning that there is a limited amount of time in which a lawsuit can be brought. In addition, by waiting to file a lawsuit, you are risking the potential loss or destruction of evidence favorable to your case, or the fading of witness memories. To schedule a consultation with a Fayette County DUI accident attorney, call The Law Office of Shane Smith today at (770) 484-8999.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia