Although there is nothing wrong with enjoying a few drinks with friends, getting behind the wheel of a car afterwards should never happen. Impaired drivers are far more likely to cause car accidents that can end up hurting or even killing an innocent person. Sadly, statistics from the Centers for Disease Control show that this is reality for too many people around the country.
The analysis conducted by the CDC shows just how much of an issue drunk driving can be. In 2016 alone, almost 15,000 people died in a crash involving a driver impaired by alcohol. Other types of drugs are a problem too, accounting for around 16% of car crashes. The most likely individuals involved in a drunk driving crash tend to be younger, no matter what a driver’s blood alcohol content may be. Also, drivers who have already been convicted of intoxicated driving are significantly more likely to contribute to a fatal crash.
The good news is that the CDC reports there are effective ways to reduce the chances of a drunk driving crash. These include measures taken by law enforcement like sobriety checkpoints and the strict enforcement of drunk driving laws, as well as measures to prevent repeat offenders like ignition interlocks or substance abuse treatment programs. People can also utilize designated drivers, rideshare services, and encourage friends and loved ones to avoid drinking and driving.
Even with all of this helpful information, some people will still make the choice to drink and drive. This could result serious car accidents that irreparably change the worlds of anyone involved. For Maryland victims or the families of those who lost their lives to a drunk driver, the financial consequences can exacerbate the emotional or physical pain. In these instances, it may make sense to file a personal injury or wrongful death claim against any responsible parties.