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Putting an End to Drunk Driving Accidents

I’ve had enough. Every day, I see another drunk driving accident on the news. Another innocent person hurt or killed by someone acting irresponsibly.

With this website, I’m going to make a stand against drunk driving and stand up for all the people it hurts—other drivers, pedestrians, family members, friends. I won’t use my real name here, but rest assured the sentiment is real.

Drunk Driving: By the Numbers

Despite the serious penalties for drunk driving and the efforts of groups like Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), it is still a real concern. Every day, drivers across the country make the decision to get behind the wheel while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. These drivers often cause severe injuries to innocent victims.

If you aren’t convinced that drunk driving is still a real threat to drivers, consider these statistics from MADD:

  • Every day, there are more than 300,000 instances of people driving drunk. Only about 3,200 of those instances result in an arrest.
  • Nearly one-third of all the people who are arrested or convicted of drunk driving are repeat offenders.
  • In 2013, 1,149 children ages fourteen and younger were killed in vehicle crashes. Two-hundred of those involved alcohol-related crashes.
  • Every single day, 27 people die because of a drunk driving accident.

Drunk driving is a serious concern for everyone on the road.

Drunk Drivers Cause Serious Injuries

Drunk driving accidents often lead to serious, if not fatal, injuries. Some of the most common injuries associated with drunk driving accidents include the following:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Back injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Skin injuries
  • Psychological injuries

Legal Options for Victims

Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a form of gross negligence. Drivers are responsible for driving in a reasonable and safe manner.

Drunk driving is a breach of that responsibility. If a driver harms someone while under the influence, he or she can be held liable for that injury.

That means you can get financial compensation for several items if a drunk driver has injured you:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost time at work
  • Loss of the ability to work
  • Pain and suffering

Even when you clearly deserve compensation for injuries caused by a drunk driver, you won’t automatically receive it. That’s why many people hire a lawyer to fight for them.

Looking to the Future

Although getting compensated for damages after an accident can help you recover, it doesn’t erase the accident. With one negligent act, a drunk driver can forever alter someone’s life. That’s why efforts to end drunk driving are so important.

Still, drunk driving is an unfortunate reality. To make sure you’re fairly compensated for the injuries a drunk driver has inflicted on you, hire an experienced DUI accident attorney from the Law Offices of Gary S. Greenberg. Making sure the people who cause these accidents are held responsible is one way to help put an end to drunk driving accidents.