CDC: Millions of Americans Admit to Drunk Driving

drinking-drivingWhen it comes to drunk driving, more Americans than you think have broken the law.  At the law offices of GWC Injury Lawyers, when we represent clients who have been injured or the families of those who have been killed by drunk drivers, we pursue damages to the full extent of the law.

According to researchers at the Centers for Disease Control more than four million Americans in 2012 admitted to drunk driving. In 2013, more than 10,000 people died in drunk driving-related car crashes. In those crashes, drivers had a blood alcohol concentration above the legal limit.

  • The CDC says drunk driving plays a role in about one-third of all car wreck deaths in the United States.
  • Most incidents of drunk driving occurred in the Midwest.
  • The profile of a typical drunk driver is young, male, has a history of binge drinking and doesn’t always wear his seat belt.

A CDC study found that about 4.2 million people admitted to driving intoxicated “at least once over the prior month” which amounts to 121 million drunk driving instances a year, CBS News reports.

Stricter Seat Belt Laws to Curb Drunk Driving?

The study also noted an occurrence of importance. There was a significant drop in alcohol-impaired driving in states where police are allowed to pull over drivers who are not wearing their seat belts.

As a result, one of the lead analyzers for the CDC’s research, Amy Jewett, suggests that alcohol-related driving fatalities could be significantly reduced across the country if every state implemented the so-called primary seat belt law.

While the study offers insight into an ongoing issue, it doesn’t cover the people who did not confess to driving after drinking.

Have you or someone that you love sustained a serious personal injury after being involved in a collision with a drunk driver?

At the law offices of GWC Injury Lawyers, we offer unparalleled representation and proven results to the victims of drunk driving accidents.