Everyone knows that drunk driving is dangerous, and California is no exception to the dangers these reckless and negligent drivers present. People who decide to get behind the wheel of a car after consuming too much alcohol are putting themselves and others at risk.
According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, data shows that approximately 29 people die in America each day due to accidents caused by drunk drivers. This comes at a cost of $44 billion annually. That’s not to mention the emotional anguish that families go through when they lose a loved one in a car accident caused by a drunk driver.
Many of our readers in California may be shocked at just how prevalent alcohol-related car accidents are throughout the country. The CDC reports that in one year alone – 2016 – approximately 28 percent of deaths in traffic accidents were caused by drivers who were impaired at the time of the crash. Seventeen percent of children who were killed in car accidents were killed by drivers who were impaired.
While we all take precautions when it comes to driving, not all drivers can be trusted to comply with their duty of care to other drivers on the roads. A drunk driver is a reckless driver. The danger presented by this behavior can result in devastating accidents. Anyone who has been injured or has lost a loved one in a car accident caused by a drunk driver may want to explore their legal options.