Dangers of Driving Under the Influence

Experts estimate that one out of 2,000 trips in a car is taken by a driver who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs.  However, an incredible one in three traffic fatalities is caused by a drunk driver.  This shows that the dangers of drunk driving are greater than almost any other type of bad driving behavior or hazards on the roads.  If drivers would stop driving under the influence (DUI), we could avoid almost 10,000 deaths every single year in the United States.  These fatalities from DUI accidents would be completely preventable if Americans would cease DUI.  However, the unfortunate reality is that Americans do continue to DUI and will continue to cause needless accidents, injuries, and deaths.  If you are involved in a DUI accident, that drunk driver should be held completely accountable for his or her actions.  Always contact a Palmetto DUI accident attorney to help you get properly compensated. 

Though authorities and nonprofits constantly work to reduce the risks of DUI, the problem keeps persisting in the United States.  According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), two-thirds of drink drivers who cause accidents have never been arrested for DUI in the past.  Of those drunk drivers who have been arrested, nearly 50-75% of them continue to drive drunk, even on suspended or revoked licenses.  On average, these drunk drivers kill one person in this country every 53 minutes and injure countless more.

Risks for children are especially high, as one-half of children killed in DUI accidents were actually riding in the vehicle with the drunk driver.  More often than not, the person driving is a parent or caregiver.  These parents and caregivers are regularly putting their own children’s lives at risk and causing tragic injury and death.

There is no excuse for DUI.  If you have been involved in an accident or lost a loved one, you should immediately call a DUI accident lawyer at Shane Smith Law to help you fight for justice against the drunk driver.  Call (980) 246-2656 today.

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