These days it is pretty much common knowledge that drinking alcohol and driving can cause a devastating impact on a person’s life if an accident occurs due to this reckless behavior. Drunk driving is so prevalent and has such a serious impact on American society that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention keeps statistics on just how catastrophic the impact can be.
According to the CDC, nearly 30 people die in America each day due to a car accident that involved an impaired driver. That means that one person dies in our country due to this serious problem about once per hour; more frequently than that, actually. In a recent year – 2016 – of all the traffic accidents that occurred in America, 28 percent involved drinking and driving. The facts are pretty clear: drunk driving, despite decades of public awareness campaigns, still has an expensive and deadly impact on thousands of lives each year.
A drunk driving accident can leave victims with severe injuries, which could necessitate weeks, months or even years of medical treatment, therapy and rehabilitation. And, of course, all of that medical treatment comes at a cost. The CDC estimates that the annual cost of drunk driving and the resultant accidents in America is about $44 billion.
When car accident victims in Colorado learn that the driver who caused the accident was intoxicated, their first impulse may be anger, which is understandable. Drunk driving is entirely preventable. Those injured victims may be able to pursue financial compensation by filing a personal injury lawsuit.