Accidents Caused By Drunk Driving Are Still A Major Concern

by Terry Bryant

Though it has improved somewhat in recent years, drunk driving is still a major concern that claims numerous lives every year. On average, impaired motorists kill someone about once every 50 minutes, and many of these victims are children under the age of 14. In fact, 20 percent of all traffic deaths involving a child under 14 years old are caused by an impaired motorist. Law enforcement numbers are also alarming. In 2010, 1.4 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence, even though people self-reported around 112 million instances of alcohol impairment behind the wheel. In short, police are only able to catch about 1 percent of offenders annually.

When a person climbs behind the wheel, they are immediately held to a duty of care to other motorists and pedestrians. Drunk driving is a complete breach of this duty, as impaired drivers have great difficulty maintaining control over their vehicle, its speed, and how it behaves around traffic lights and warnings. Because an impaired motorist has breached this duty, they are completely liable for any damage or harm they cause with their vehicle. While this can’t help an injured victim heal or bring back a deceased loved one, the victim can still get justice for their suffering by taking the negligent motorist to court and seeking a settlement, perhaps making the liable party think twice before driving impaired in the future.