Perhaps one of the most tragic things about drunk driving accidents is that they are entirely preventable. Anyone who chooses to get behind the wheel of a car while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs puts his or her life, as well as the lives of countless others, at risk. Especially concerning is the fact that many drunk driving accident incidents are repeat events. If you or a loved one were injured in a collision involving a drunk driver, it is important that you receive the recognition and compensation that you deserve. Beyond that, the attorneys at Laughlin Fitzgerald, P.C., make it a priority to hold all liable parties responsible for their actions in an effort to prevent other DUI accidents from occurring in the future.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a little over 30 percent of people who were arrested and/or convicted of drunk driving were repeat offenders some 20 years ago. At that time, DUI arrests were the most prevalent type of arrest in the country. It is now estimated that drunk driving-related arrests have fallen on the list of the most common types of apprehensions. However, repeat offenses still account for a large percentage of all DUI arrests.
Considering DUI-related arrest rates in the U.S., it is important to keep in mind that many incidents involve serious and even fatal injury collisions. It is estimated that every 51 minutes, one person dies in a drunk driving accident. The number of accident victims who are seriously injured in DUI incidents is much higher, and you can only imagine the number of family members and loved ones who are also affected by such incidents.
Pursuing personal-injury and/or wrongful death claims against drunk drivers is one important aspect of holding guilty parties responsible for their actions. Learn more about drunk driving liability and other related topics by visiting our web page today.