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Drunk drivers and drunk driving accidents

When Virginia drivers decide to operate their vehicles after consuming alcohol, they put everyone on the road at risk. In fact, it is estimated that approximately 30 people across the nation lose their lives in an accident that involved an impaired driver every day. In 2012 alone, 10,322 people died in accidents caused by drunk drivers. There are three main groups of people who are at risk for being involved in alcohol-related car accidents. Young individuals, motorcyclists and those who have prior DUI convictions are at a higher risk of such crashes.

Any young driver who consumed an amount of alcohol is more likely to be involved in an accident than someone who did not consume alcohol. An estimated 32 percent of drivers who were involved in a fatal accident with a BAC of more than .08 percent were between the ages of 21 and 24. Motorcyclists who drink and drive are also at serious risk; 29 percent of fatal motorcycle crashes involved impaired motorcycle operators. Finally, drivers who have a prior conviction were more likely to drink and drive.

There are measures that the authorities take to reduce drunk driving. This includes using sobriety check points, enforcing the current drunk driving and zero tolerance laws, and revoking the licenses of drivers who are convicted of drinking and driving. Additionally, authorities also often use community-based approaches to teach those who are under the ages of 21 about the dangers of driving.

A drunk driver who causes an auto accident may be held liable for any injuries that occur. Anyone injured can potentially seek compensation from the drunk driver by filing a personal injury lawsuit. By filing this lawsuit, the injured person may recover the cost of any medical bills, lost income if the injuries kept the person from working, and compensation for pain and suffering.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Impaired Driving: Get the Facts", November 23, 2014

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