Thanks in part to a wealth of informative and proactive safety campaigns, drunk driving fatalities have been on a steady downward slope over the past several decades, but that doesn’t mean that these accidents aren’t still a serious hazard. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, some 30 people still die because of motor vehicle collisions involving an intoxicated or impaired driver every day. That’s one drunk driving related death every 48 minutes, and as if that isn’t enough, these accidents also carry an annual societal cost of more than $51 billion.
Our lawyers have represented personal injury and wrongful death victims and their families for more than 20 years, and we know how severe the emotional and physical damage caused by drunk drivers can be. This is why we are committed to preventing as many traffic accidents as possible through education and proactive safety steps. Here are a few measures that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention believes will help continue to make our roads a little bit safer every year.
Actively Enforcing Existing Laws-This includes existing 0.08% Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) laws and zero tolerance laws for all drivers younger than 21 years of age in all U.S. states. Other ways that could help to prevent drunk driving accidents include stricter penalties following accidents, such as promptly revoking one’s driver’s license in certain cases, requiring mandatory substance abuse assessment and treatment for DWI offenders or using sobriety checkpoints at sporting events or other areas where drinking is common.
Putting Health Promotion Efforts Into Action-Health promotion efforts have the potential to educate citizens on the serious hazards associated with alcohol abuse and operating a vehicle while intoxicated. If properly put into practice, these promotions and proactive campaigns could influence economic, organizations, policy, and school/community action.
Safety Steps at the Individual Level-Before you do any drinking, make sure to designate a driver or secure the number of a local taxi service to get you home safely at the end of the night. Stick together if you are walking home from a bar or event at night, and watch out for your friends by not allowing them the drive if you know they are impaired. In other scenarios, such as hosting a party, remind all of your guests to plan ahead and use the steps listed above. Provide alcohol-free beverages and food to ensure that your guests have alternatives and stop serving alcohol roughly an hour before the party ends to allow people to assess how much they have consumed and make a responsible decision about how to get home. (Center for Disease Control & Prevention; National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)
Our attorneys are committed to helping individuals and families who have suffered at the hands of careless or negligent drivers. If you believe that you might have a case, we are always happy to discuss your legal options. Call us now for a free and confidential consultation to see how our experience can go to work to recover the compensation you deserve.