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Alcohol-impaired driving fatalities

When Pennsylvania drivers decide to operate their vehicle while impaired, they are at risk for becoming involved in a fatal accident. In fact, it is estimated that 30 people die every day across the nation in motor vehicle accidents caused by impaired drivers. While there are measures that attempt to prevent impaired driving, the problem is still quite large and accounts for a large percentage of overall traffic fatalities.

There are certain drivers who are more likely to drive while impaired by alcohol. These include those who had a previous drunk driving conviction, motorists between the ages of 21 and 24 and motorcyclists older than the age of 40. In fact, in 2010, 1.4 million drivers were taken into custody after being charged with driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs. However, drivers self-reported more than 112 million incidents of impaired driving in that year, meaning that many who use the nation's roadways are at risk.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that impaired driving caused more than 10,000 fatalities in 2012, or approximately 31 percent of traffic fatalities for that year. In the same year, approximately 239 children of the age of 14 or younger died in alcohol-impaired driving accidents, with more than half of these children being in the vehicle that was being operated by an impaired driver.

If a person is injured in a car accident that is determined to have been caused by an impaired driver, the victim may have some legal options. A personal injury attorney can help to estimate the total amount in damages suffered by the victim, which can then be sought through a lawsuit against the responsible party.

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

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