How devastating are drunk driving accidents?

On Behalf of | Feb 15, 2022 | Drunk Driving Accident Injuries |

Most West Virginia motorists try to drive safely. However, drunk driving accidents still occur and can pose grave danger to everyone.

How serious a problem is drunk driving?

Impaired driving is one of the leading causes of car accidents. Annually, it results in more than 10,000 fatalities. When a person gets behind the wheel after consuming alcohol, it lowers their judgment and reaction and impairs their ability to safely drive. The legal blood alcohol concentration or BAC limit is .08, but even if a person’s BAC is lower, they might still be unable to safely maneuver a vehicle.

Who is most likely to be driving drunk?

Younger drivers between the ages of 21 and 24 are the most likely to be involved in drunk driving accidents resulting in fatalities. Individuals between 25 and 34 are the next most likely group to be in such serious car crashes. Man are more likely than women to drive drunk. Men also make up 80% of deaths stemming from drunk driving accidents.

What damages can injured victims seek after a drunk driving accident?

Drunk driving is a serious offense that can result in severe injuries and vehicle damage. In the worst cases, people can be killed in drunk driving accidents. Victims who suffer injuries from such accidents have a right to file personal injury claims to recover damages. It’s possible to recover compensation for the following:

  • Medical expenses and continuing medical care
  • Repairs to fix a vehicle or other property
  • Lost wages
  • Future earning capacity
  • Emotional distress
  • Punitive damages

The effects of a drunk driving accident can be traumatic and long-lasting. Fight back to hold the driver responsible.