According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration
(NHTSA) last year an estimated 12,998 people were killed in crashes where a vehicle operator had a blood alcohol concentration
(BAC) of .08 or higher. The NHTSA stated this represented a 3.7 percent decline from the 13,491 fatalities
in 2006. However, figures showed that 25 states experienced an increase in the number of drunk motorcycle riders involved in fatal crashes.
With that in mind, it is
not surprising that more than 14,000 people are killed each year in the United States due to alcohol-related accidents. People
of all ages die as the result of drunk drivers' irresponsibility and careless behavior.
When a person is under
the influence of alcohol, their judgment is impaired and they may act recklessly. In many cases, a drunk driver may swerve,
drive on the wrong side of the road, drive the wrong way down a one-way street or speed through red lights. These acts of
endangerment may cause accidents that result in serious injuries, including:
- Skull fracture
- Spinal cord injury
- Traumatic brain injury
- Bone fractures
If you have been the victim of a drunk driving accident, you may be able to recover monetary compensation for your
injuries, including pain and suffering, compensation for property damage, medical expenses, loss of wages and other accident-related
costs. You may also be entitled to recover punitive damages punishing the drunk driver for his or her malicious conduct.
If you or a loved has been involved in an accident with a drunk driver, please contact a car accident attorney experienced in protecting the rights of drunk driving victims. Through litigation you can hold the guilty
party responsible for their actions.