Were you aware that roughly 29 people die every day as a result of drunk driving? In 2016, 10,497 people died in drunk driving accidents and that works out to roughly one death every 50 minutes. That’s an embarrassingly high rate. What’s more is that according to the last time financial data was available for drunk driving accidents (which was in 2010), these accidents cost roughly $44 billion per year.
These are figures that boggle the mind, and they exemplify just how horrible the situation is here in the United States. Far too many people make the incredibly negligent decision to get behind the wheel of a vehicle after they have had a few beers or cocktails, and in some of these cases the driver either is involved in or directly causes a motor vehicle accident.
This is willful negligence on the part of the drunk drivers, as they are knowingly (in almost all cases) getting behind the wheel of a powerful vehicle despite being in a physical and mental state that does not justify such an action. They are putting the lives of everyone on the road — including their own — at risk. And for what?
Drunk driving accidents are infuriating, and the victims of these accidents could have their lives changed forever as a result of them. The physical, mental, and emotional anguish that drunk driving accident victims go through is incalculable, and they deserve justice.
Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, “Drunk Driving,” Accessed Dec. 22, 2017