Every year in Kansas and Missouri, drunk driving accidents take far too many lives and leave far too many survivors with serious injuries. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, someone in the United States is injured every 90 seconds in a DUI collision, and someone dies because of drunk driving on an average of every 53 minutes. All of these crashes are preventable, and more needs to be done to educate Americans about the dangers of driving while intoxicated.
More statistics from MADD:
- Drunk drivers are involved in nearly one-third of all traffic-related deaths.
- Of those drivers whose licenses have been suspended or revoked because of a DUI offense, 50 to 75 percent keep driving illegally.
- When you consider accidents, arrests, injuries and deaths, about 33 percent of the DUI problem is attributable to repeat offenders.
- In the U.S., at any point, 2 million drivers with at least three DUI convictions are potentially on the road.
Of course, given that one-third of the overall drunk driving problem can be attributed to repeat offenders, two-thirds of DUI incidents are due to first-time offenders. Every driver, regardless of age and experience, needs to know that it only takes a momentary lapse in judgment to cause a devastating car accident, and being intoxicated is a direct cause of such lapses.
In addition to a criminal conviction, penalties for an injurious or fatal DUI crash can result from a civil lawsuit brought by the victim or the victim's family. Often this kind of civil action is the only way for injured parties to obtain the full measure of legal justice and compensation. Our personal injury website has more on holding drunk drivers accountable.