Dissecting the Latest Drunk Driving Stats
The final 2020 - 2021 statistics and data regarding motor vehicle crashes and drunk driving accidents have yet to be officially published. However, the history of data depicts the prevalence of drunk driving crash deaths in the U.S. Read on to learn the latest recorded data.
Drunk Driving Accidents By the Numbers
According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), alcohol-related crashes were up 9% in 2020 compared to 2019, despite less traffic on the road due to the pandemic. Here are some concerning statistics:
- Every day, 28 people in the U.S. lose their lives in drunk driving accidents (that’s one person every 52 minutes).
- In 2019, 10,142 people lost their lives in drunk driving crashes.
- As of 2020, approximately 290,000 people were injured in drunk driving crashes.
- Men are 4 times more likely to be involved in a drunk driving accident than women.
- Men account for 80% of drunk driving fatalities.
- In 2018, Texas, California, and Florida had the highest number of alcohol-related fatalities:
- Texas - 1,677
- California - 1,241
- Florida - 958
- 1 in 10 high school teens drink and drive.
- Teen drivers are 17 times more likely to die in a motor vehicle crash when they have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 than when they have not been drinking.
Drunk Driving Crashes Fatalities Have Declined Since 1982
Responsibility.org states that drunk driving fatalities nationwide have decreased by 52% since 1982. However, even with the decline in drunk driving fatalities over the last 40 years, there is still much more work to be done in preventing drunk driving accidents. Despite common knowledge that drinking and driving is both illegal and deadly, the above statistics clearly show that many individuals still carelessly get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol.
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Drunk driving accidents are one of the most life-threatening types of crashes. Sadly, many lives are lost at the hands of intoxicated drivers who are selfish and irresponsible. If you or a loved one were injured by a drunk driver, we are here to help you hold them accountable for their careless actions. When you need support when going through a difficult time, our experienced lawyers are ready to protect your right to receive compensation for your injuries.
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