For the last few years our readers in California have probably noticed that the debate over traffic safety at the state and national level has turned to “distracted driving.” There is no doubt that distracted driving is a potentially deadly course of action for a driver behind the wheel. However, it is important to remember that there is another, similarly deadly act a person can commit behind the wheel: drunk driving.
Although it seems that the problem of drunk driving does not get the same level of attention these days as it did in years past, the problem is still quite prevalent in California and throughout the country. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that statistics show that approximately 30 people per day die in America due to drunk driving. That is a staggering statistic, equal to about one death every 50 minutes, as the NHTSA notes.
In one year alone – 2018 – over 10,500 traffic fatalities in America were attributed to drunk driving. Drunk driving fatalities accounted for 29 percent of all traffic fatalities in America that year.
Drunk drivers cause injuries and deaths that were, in almost every case, entirely preventable. Anyone in California who has been injured by a drunk driver may be able to pursue financial compensation in a personal injury lawsuit. Such compensation can be used to cover expensive medical bills, which are sure to pile up in the aftermath of injuries caused by a drunk driver, along with other sudden and unexpected financial needs that come up in the aftermath of a motor vehicle accident.