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New Study Finds Americans Drink and Drive an Estimated 121 Million Times Each Year

September 25, 2015

A new study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention might make you think twice before getting behind the wheel. Analyzing data compiled in 2012, the CDC found that about 1.8 percent of adults in America admit to driving while impaired at least once during a 30 day period. When this percentage is extrapolated to the entire United States population, it shockingly equates to approximately 4.2 million adults who drink and drive. Over half of all adults surveyed reported drinking and driving at least once in the last 30 days, with some admitted to more frequent alcohol use. This amounts to at least 121 million episodes of drinking and driving every year. Alarmingly, this figure accounts for only those drivers who admitted to alcohol use and it does not include drivers ages 18 and under.

Young men were found to be the the most common drinking and driving offenders. Alcohol use varied greatly among states. In Hawaii, drivers drank and drove at alarming rates, while Utah had a relatively low instance of drunk driving. Additionally, drivers who always buckle their seatbelts had a lower instance of alcohol use than those who forget to buckle up.

Drivers Who Drink and Drive Can be Liable for the Injuries They Cause

Anyone who causes a motor vehicle accident while driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is considered negligent or reckless. As such, those injured by a drunk driver or the family members of those killed by intoxicated drivers should seek compensation. Drunk drivers can be liable for the victim's medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, loss of consortium, loss of companionship and more. The perpetrators will likely also face criminal penalties, which could involve hefty fines, loss of their license and even prison time.

Drinking while driving is a serious offense that can come with tremendous consequences. Anyone considering drinking should plan in advance so that they have a safe ride home. Designate a sober driver, take a taxi, bus, ride-sharing service, or other means of transportation. If you have been injured by a drunk driver, contact an attorney as soon as possible.  An attorney can examine the facts and circumstances of your case as well as take the necessary actions to obtain compensation.

Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law: Assisting the Victims of DUI Related Accidents

Drinking and driving risks not just your life but the lives of those around you. If you have been injured in an alcohol related crash, contact the Georgia car accident lawyers at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, as soon as possible. Our firm has over 38 years of experience assisting in car accident cases, including alcohol related crashes. We also assist injured clients across Georgia and in the Southeast.

The sooner you act, the greater your chances of obtaining a full recovery for your injuries. As such, do not delay in seeking legal assistance as you have a limited time in which to file a personal injury claim following your accident. Call Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.



Category: Auto Accidents

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