Drunk driving accidents are one of the leading causes of traffic fatalities in America. According to data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, more than 6,000 motor vehicle deaths could have been prevented in the entire year of 2014 if the driver at fault had not been intoxicated the time of the accident.
In Illinois, the number of deaths caused by drunk driving reported from 2003 until 2012 is at 3,866. Despite strict laws that include zero tolerance policies and DUI convictions against alcohol-impaired driving, a 2012 survey by the Behavioral Risk Fact Surveillance System found that 2.2 percent of adults in Illinois reported that they continued driving despite knowing they’ve had too much to drink.
Alcohol-impaired driving is particularly dangerous when one considers the effects intoxication can have on one’s motor and cognitive skills. As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention points out, different levels of blood alcohol concentration lead to different effects that impede a person’s coordination, concentration, and ability to make rational decisions. Considerable impairment may be experienced at even the lowest levels of BAC. At the 0.08 percent BAC limit set in all states in America, drivers will likely experience poor muscle coordination that can affect their balance, vision, hearing, and reaction time.
It’s unfortunate that harsh penalties such as fines that could total to $25,000 and possible imprisonment for up to seven to twelve years, many drivers continue to disregard the effects of alcohol-impairment and continue to drive while drunk. As such, victims and their loved ones find little recourse for the pain and suffering they endured. For most, their only option is to pursue a personal injury lawsuit against those responsible for the accident.
Chicago car accident lawyers from Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC point out that very few accidents can be more thoroughly preventable as those caused by a drunk driver. Victims that have been seriously injured in drunk driving accidents should consider taking appropriate legal action and pursuing just compensation.