According to the CDC, 29 people die every day in the US in alcohol-related crashes. That translates to one fatality every fifty minutes.
Recently in Pulaski County a 38-year-old driver was the victim of a fatal wreck caused by an intoxicated driver who rear-ended her vehicle at a high rate of speed. A passenger in the vehicle was injured and taken to Baptist Hospital for treatment of her injuries. The intoxicated driver of the Chevrolet Corvette was traveling on Highway 67 when the collision occurred. This deadly collision was 100% preventable.
More facts about drunk driving can be found on this website.
In the year 2016 alone 10,497 people were killed in crashes that involved an impaired driver. One million drivers were arrested in 2016 for driving impaired. These statistics are alarming. Drinking and driving is becoming rampant and a top safety concern for innocent drivers on the roadways.
Dangers of drinking and driving include:
- Slower reaction times;
- Decreased vision;
- Reduced concentration;
- Impairment in judgment.
If you have consumed an alcoholic beverage and get behind the wheel, you are impaired. Period. The level of impairment obviously varies depending on the number of drinks a person consumes, the type of drink consumed, and the person’s body size, but drinking and getting behind the wheel, regardless of your level of impairment, is never a good idea. No one ever expects to be involved in a wreck, but if you drink and drive, your chances just went up substantially.
Of the numerous impairments caused by drinking and driving, alcohol decreases response times, causing a driver to misjudge reaction time to stop or slow. This impairment alone has resulted in deadly results, especially when pedestrians are involved. As in the case of the high speed rear end collision, the impaired driver is oblivious to the deadly dangers that lie ahead.
Most Affected and at Risk?
Young drivers between 16 to 20 years of age are an alarming ten times more likely to be involved in fatality crashes than a driver 21 years of age or older. While underage drinking and driving has decreased significantly, communities are still exploring new avenues and laws to keep young drivers safe. In 2011, nearly one million teens said they have consumed alcohol and driven.
Fatality accidents caused by drunk drivers are 100% avoidable. Complete disregard for the safety of others is unacceptable and should not be tolerated. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a drunk driving car wreck, call experienced drunk driving attorney Paul Pfeifer with the Pfeifer Law Firm today at 501-364-4440 for your free, no-pressure consultation. Paul Pfeifer believes that drunk drivers should be held accountable for their actions and will fight to get you the justice you deserve. After hours and weekend appointments are available for victims all over the state of Arkansas. Call today to let an experienced Little Rock fatality car accident lawyer get to work for you. The Pfeifer Law Firm will exceed your expectations and will fight to get you the justice and compensation you deserve.