While motor vehicle accidents can be caused by a wide range of factors, some of the deadliest crashes can be linked to the loss of attention or cognitive function. Whether impairment is caused by drugs or alcohol, drivers can experience slowed reaction times, blurred vision and even the loss of consciousness. Injuries to occupants of both vehicles can be long-lasting or life-threatening.
Accidents caused by drunk drivers - whether overserved at a sporting event, bar or restaurant - are likely to result in catastrophic injuries. These wrecks tend to share characteristics such as head-on collisions and collisions where the impaired driver did not attempt to swerve to avoid impact or slow down to lessen the force of the accident. Many people might wonder how New York stacks up against the national averages.
Data compiled from 2003 to 2012 was recently released by the CDC. During that time, 3,752 people were killed in crashes involving a drunk driver in New York. The CDC also compared the rate of deaths in New York versus the national numbers (per 100,000 population).
- Male deaths in crashes involving a driver with BAC greater than or equal to 0.08%: The national rate was 5.2 compared to 2.7 in New York.
- Female deaths following the same criteria: The national rate was 1.5 deaths per 100,000 population compared to 0.8 in New York.
People were asked in a survey if they had driven after drinking too much any time in the past 30 days. In the national survey, 1.9% of the respondents answered in the affirmative. The New York respondent numbers were slightly lower: 1.4% of the drivers admitted to driving after drinking too much.
What Can Be Done?
There might be several strategies that can be employed to increase awareness or limit the number of drunk drivers on the road. From sobriety checkpoints to ignition interlocks to more stringent license revocation or suspension laws, it might be possible to make the roadways safer.
If you or a loved one was injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver, it is important to discuss your legal options with a skilled personal injury attorney.