31% of the Total Number of Car Accident Deaths Nationwide Due to Drunk Driving
In December 2015, the National Center for Statistics and Analysis (NCSA) of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released a report regarding alcohol impaired driving in the United States. In 2014, there were a total of 9,967 car accident fatalities involving drunk drivers. This number is down from 2013, where there were 10,076 fatalities due to drunk driving. In both 2013 and 2014, car accident fatalities due to drunk drivers accounted for 31% of the total number of motor vehicle fatalities. In addition, the NCSA found that a drunk driving death occurs just about every hour. In 2013 and 2014, a drunk driving death occurred every 52 and 53 minutes, respectively.
The NCSA also found the following:
- Of the fatal crashes among children 14 and younger, 19% occurred in alcohol impaired driving crashes.
- Of the fatal crashes, 30% of the drivers whose blood alcohol content was at 0.08g/dL (level where driver considered impaired) or higher were in the 21 to 24 year old age group.
Motor Vehicle Fatalities Due to Drunk Driving in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania was the 5th state with the highest number of car accident fatalities (1,195). Texas was first with 3,358 car accident fatalities. Other states in the top five include California, Florida and North Carolina.
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Of the 1,195 car accident fatalities in PA, 345 were due to alcohol impaired driving. This number is down from 2013, where there was a total of 1,208 traffic fatalities, and 368 were from alcohol impaired driving.
Though the number of Pennsylvania car accident fatalities due to drunk driving in 2014 was lower than 2013, the decrease is not that significant, only by about 0.94 %. In addition, NCSA’s data shows that drunk driving is still one of the major causes of car accident fatalities.
Drunk driving accidents turn the lives of those involved upside down. Family members of deceased victims must cope with the loss of their loved ones. Though no amount of money can replace the loss of a loved one, family members may file a PA wrongful death case to recover for their loss. See Pennsylvania Wrongful Death & Survival Lawsuits.
Help After a Pennsylvania Drunk Driving Accident
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