The rate of traffic fatalities related to drunk driving have gone down 48 percent since 1982. Furthermore, there has been an 80 percent decrease in fatalities for Pennsylvania drivers and others who are under the age of 21. In 2017, there were 3.3 alcohol-impaired fatalities per 100,000 people, which was a decrease of 64 percent since 1982. However, this is an average across the 50 states, and there were 22 states that were at or below this level.
Those crashes were responsible for 29 percent of all vehicle fatalities, and there were 37,133 fatalities overall in 2017. In 2016, there were 1,031 people under the age of 21 who died in drunk driving crashes. This is compared to 5,215 in 1982, which was the first year that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration kept track of such information. The crash rate for those in this age group in 2016 was 1.2 per 100,000, which was a 45 percent drop from a decade prior.
Drivers who are impaired when an accident occurs could be deemed negligent in causing it to happen. This may mean that individuals who are injured in accidents with drunk or impaired drivers are entitled to compensation for their injuries. In the event that a person dies in a crash, his or her family might pursue a wrongful death suit. In either scenario, a victim may be entitled to payment for medical bills and lost future earnings.
An attorney may be able to use toxicology reports or driver statements to establish that a person was impaired when a car accident took place. It might also be possible to use police reports or other evidence to accomplish this task. In some personal injury cases, a settlement favorable to the victim may be reached prior to the start of a trial.