Motorists in Connecticut might benefit from seeing some information and statistics related to impaired driving. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the people most at risk of being involved in an accident associated with impaired driving include those with previous DWI convictions, motorcyclists and younger people. The data collected by the federal agency depicts just how much of a significant problem impaired driving has become.
Regarding fatal accidents, the likelihood of the driver having a previous DWI conviction is seven times greater if their blood alcohol content exceeds the legal limit. At any BAC level, younger people are more likely to be involved in an accident than older drivers. During 2012, drivers between 21 and 24-years-old accounted for 32 percent of all legally-impaired drivers who were involved in fatal accidents. Drivers aged 25 to 34-years-old whose BAC was in excess of the legal limit accounted for 27 percent of the drivers.
However, the people most likely to be involved in motorcycle accidents caused by impaired driving are older riders. Motorcyclists with a blood alcohol content exceeding the legal limit accounted for 29 percent of those killed in accidents during 2012. Approximately 44 percent of the riders killed from impaired driving were between age 40 and 44. During 2012, impaired driving accounted for 31 percent of all traffic-related deaths in the United States.
People who suffer injuries caused by a drunk driving accident may benefit from consulting a lawyer. Legal counsel may be able to assist injured victims with determining whether or not another party may be held liable for the ensuing damages. Plaintiffs in these cases are often entitled to receive restitution that can help offset medical expenses, loss of income and repair costs caused by the incident.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Impaired Driving: Get the Facts”, accessed on Jan. 18, 2015