Every 53 minutes, a person is killed in a drunk-driving crash in the U.S. Through a variety of public safety campaigns and traffic safety grants, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in addition to various state and local law enforcement and public safety agencies across California and the nation, are gearing up to reduce the number of injury causing and fatal drunk driving crashes that occur on U.S. roadways each year. Drunk driving crashes are responsible for about 10,000 deaths each year. These crashes are 100-percent preventable.

Alcohol’s Impact on Driving Ability

Even at relatively low levels, alcohol impacts your ability to drive safely. According to the NHTSA, 1,764 people were killed in alcohol-related crashes in 2014 where the drivers involved had a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of less than 0.08. At 0.02 percent, which is under the legal limit, you could still have some loss of judgment and a decline in visual function. The NHTSA is continuously reminding motorists that buzzed driving is drunk driving, and any amount of alcohol behind the wheel can seriously impact your safety and the safety of others.

Drunk Driving Crash Facts

  • In 2015, 10,265 people were killed in crashes involving alcohol-impaired drivers.
  • Of traffic fatalities among children ages 14 and younger in 2015, 16 percent happened in crashes involving drunk drivers.
  • The estimated economic cost of all drunk driving crashes in the U.S. in 2010 was $44 billion.
  • In 2015, the 21 to 24-year-old age group had the highest percentage (28 percent) of drivers with BACs of 0.08 or higher in fatal crashes.

California Drunk Driving Accidents

Drunk driving accidents are 100-percent preventable. When drivers get behind the wheel after drinking, they’re putting their own lives and the lives of everybody else on the road at great risk for injury-causing and potentially fatal car accidents. The NHTSA wants to remind people that buzzed driving is drunk driving too, and even as little as one drink can seriously impact your judgment, decision making, reaction times and safety behind the wheel.

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident involving a drunk driver in San Diego, along with the Central Coast or in any of the nearby communities, contact the experienced team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS.

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