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Impaired Driving Concerns for Oklahoma Motorists

Posted on February 18, 2015

On behalf of Charles Bryan Alred, PC posted in Drunk Driving Accidents on Wednesday, February 18, 2015.

The deadly consequences of impaired driving have been analyzed and addressed for decades, but statistics continue to indicate a need for action and awareness. Actions such as aggressively enforcing BAC laws and other impaired driving restrictions may help in reducing the instances of DUI accidents. Additionally, an increased use of sobriety checkpoints and various penalties could influence the decisions of those who might choose to drive while impaired.

Approximately one out of every three traffic fatalities in 2012 occurred in connection with impaired driving accidents. More than 10,000 people in the United States perished in such instances that year, approximately 30 each day. About one of every five juvenile deaths that year involved an impaired driver. More than 50 percent of those cases occurred when a child rode with the impaired individual.

Alcohol is not the only source of impairment. In fact, nearly 20 percent of driver deaths in car accidents involve other drugs. At times, both drugs and alcohol were in the system of an impaired driver. The issue of drunk and impaired driving appears to decline in older populations, but in the case of motorcycle accidents involving alcohol, older drivers are statistically more inclined to drive while under the influence. Approximately 44 percent of motorcyclists killed in impairment-related accidents in 2012 were between the ages of 40 and 44. The financial impact of these incidents is steep, with nearly $60 billion in costs because of impaired driving. However, the social cost is also significant as lives are lost in preventable circumstances.

A family dealing with personal injuries because of a drunk driving accident can face a great deal of stress due to medical and financial challenges arising out of the situation. Legal support may be important for coordinating a personal injury claim to effectively deal with the damages suffered.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Impaired Driving: Get the Facts”, Jan. 13, 2015

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