Last week, the NHTSA released their latest batch of drunk driving statistics. Reports indicated that in 2011, 9,878 people were killed in accidents directly attributed to alcohol, including 400 in the last fifteen days of December alone. In regard to the sharp increase in deaths during this time of year, the U. S. Secretary of Transportation ended with a warning: “The holiday season can be an especially dangerous time on our nation’s roadways due to drunk drivers – that’s why law officers will be out in full force…Our message is simple: drive sober of get pulled over.”
In a campaign that kicked off on December 13th, the U. S. Secretary of Transportation and the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has joined forces with local authorities, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and the Highway Safety Association in a holiday offensive that will attempt to curb drunk driving.
While the new statistics from the NHTSA show a decline in drunk-driving deaths in 27 states, drunk driving still remains one of the biggest killers in America, and there is still a lot of work to do. This year, the organizations above are supporting a national television and radio advertising campaign with more than $7 million in funding. According to the NHTSA website, the ads are designed to raise awareness and support law enforcement activities in every state across the U. S. in an effort to ensure that deaths from drunk driving accidents continue to drop. (National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration)
As Chicago car accident lawyers, we see the traumatic effects of drunk driving accidents every day. Millions of people each year are injured due to the reckless actions of drunk drivers; and will cumulative medical bills and insurance costs soaring well in excess of $130 billion last year, these accidents don’t end on the street. (Mothers Against Drunk Driving)
Whether you are a parent who has been injured, had their significant other injured, or has experienced the anguish of dealing with an injured child or family member, drunk driving has greater effects than most people realize. These accidents can result in a loss of one or more wage earners in a household, and when accidents claim children as their victims, parents often are forced to spend valuable work hours tending to their child’s recovery. Either way, families are often forced to stretch their savings, or plunge themselves into burdensome debt because of accidents that are in no way their fault, but become their responsibility.
Our attorneys have a wealth of experience, not just in drunk driving cases, but also in many other sorts of reckless and negligent car accident claims. We have a history of providing responsible and caring counsel to victims, and ensuring that our families and their clients, don’t have to endure hardships they don’t deserve.
We hope you all will remain safe on the roads this holiday season, and we implore all of you to be smart, and not get behind the wheel after drinking.