Alcohol-impaired drivers injure and kill many motorists and pedestrians yearly. According to the statistics released last month, impaired drivers accounted for 31 percent of total traffic deaths in 2012. If you have been affected by injuries suffered at the hands of an impaired driver, it is time to speak with a Detroit car accidents lawyer who can fight on your behalf.
Drivers of motor vehicles are considered impaired when their blood alcohol concentration, also known as the BAC is .08 or higher. As a Detroit car accident lawyers, we are always saddened when we hear of anyone losing their life in this manner and know too many families who have lost loved ones this way.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2012, 10,322 people died as a result of alcohol-impaired drivers. Fatalities increased by 4.6 percent from 9,865 in 2011. This means an average of one alcohol-impaired driving fatality occurred every 51 minutes in 2012.
Of those drivers, 65 percent of those people were drivers with blood alcohol levels of .08 percent or higher, 16 percent were occupants within the vehicle, 11 percent were occupants in another vehicle and 8 percent were nonoccupants.
Of children who died, 20 percent of them were involved in an alcohol-related crash, while 16 percent of the children were pedestrians or bicyclists struck by impaired drivers.
Thirty percent of all drivers involved in fatal crashes on the weekends were impaired, compared with 15 percent during the week.
If you or your loved one has been devastated by an alcohol-related motor vehicle accident, it is crucial to speak with a Detroit car accidents lawyer who can assist you.