It is difficult to imagine that a person of legal driving age in the United States would not be aware of the dangers of drunk driving. Education on drunk driving begins at a young age through organizations such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and Americans are very conscious of both the legal consequences and potential for injury or loss of human life. Nevertheless, millions of Americans continue to drink and drive every year.
In 2010, the Federal Bureau of Investigation reported that 1.41 million Americans were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs. Millions more people likely get away with driving under the influence, undetected by law enforcement. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, car accidents as a result of drunk driving kill approximately 27 people per day in the United States, and a person is injured in a drunk driving car accident an average of every 90 seconds. If you have been injured in a car accident caused by a drunk driver, a Grantville DUI accident attorney can help you hold that drunk driver liable for your injuries.
The NHTSA report that drunk driving car accidents will involve one in three people in their lifetimes. Law enforcement is not enough to stop drunk drivers. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has estimated that on average, a drunk driver who is arrested has likely driven drunk nearly 80 times prior to that first arrest. Furthermore, nearly one-half to three-quarters of people convicted of driving under the influence continue to drink and drive, even despite a suspended or revoked license. This means that regardless of law enforcement's best efforts, drunk drivers remain on the road, by the hundreds of thousands, everyday. Other drivers should take care to watch for the signs of drunk drivers on the road and stay away from them as much as possible.
In the unfortunate instance that you are involved and injured in a car accident caused by a drunk driver, the sooner you contact an experienced Grantville DUI accident attorney, the better. Do not hesitate to call Shane Smith Law at (980) 246-2656 today for a free consultation. Shane Smith will discuss your case with you and help you get the settlement you deserve.