WASHINGTON, DC— Roughly one in three car accident deaths were the result of a drunk driver and a new 2010 study shows that 70 percent of those alcohol-related fatalities were due to deeply intoxicated drivers with a blood-alcohol concentration nearly twice the legal limit, according to a new joint study released by The National Highway Safety Administration and Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
“Drunk driving remains a serious, unacceptable threat to our families and our communities,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “Our campaign is clear—if you choose to drive drunk, you will be held accountable.”
New research, which analyzed some 10,228 alcohol-impaired fatal crashes, shows that the drivers who cause the worst accidents are the most intoxicated ones. Indeed, the majority of the fatal alcohol-related crashes studied found drivers blew a BAC of .15 or higher, the report said.
Now in an effort to combat drunk drivers and prevent fatal crashes, the NHSA and MADD have joined together with other government agencies and more than 10,000 police departments for their annual anti-drunk driving campaign, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”
“These statistics show that every 51 minutes someone dies in a crash because of a drunk driver,” said Attorney West Seegmiller. “Sadly sometimes the person the drunk driver kills is themselves or someone they love.”
Additionally, Mothers Against Drunk Driving reports that in 2010 there were 345,000 people injured in drunk driving crashes.
The campaign, that launches on August 17 and runs through the Labor Day holiday weekend, is also meant to deter the alcohol-impaired fatalities that occur during the Labor Day weekend. According to NHTSA officials, 180 people die each Labor Day weekend due to alcohol-impaired crashes. In 2010, 147 people were killed and in the last five years 900 people died due to drunk driving during Labor Day weekend.
“Driving under the influence shows no regard to others on the roadway. Not only are drunk drivers endangering their own lives, they are jeopardizing the lives of others,” said Attorney West Seegmiller, founder of the Seegmiller Law Firm
If you have lost a loved one in a car accident we know that this is a difficult time. We offer our condolences to the family and friends of the victim. If someone else was responsible for this accident it’s important that you act quickly to protect your rights and future.
For roughly 30 years, the legal experts at Seegmiller Law Firm have represented hundreds of clients who were injured in serious traffic accidents or have lost a loved one.
There is no cost to clients until our experienced team of lawyers and legal professionals have won your case. Finding the best car accident attorney can mean you will get the settlement you need to get your life back on track. Compensation for your injuries, loss of wages and pain and suffering can’t take away the trauma of the accident, but it can help you rebuild your life.
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