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The Devastation of Drunk Driving

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New Braunfels personal injury attorneyEach month in the United States, there is a different issue that is focused on in order to help bring attention and education to the general population. The month of March is designated as Brain Injury Awareness Month, which is one reason why we recently wrote about brain injuries that are sustained in accidents caused by other parties’ negligence. The month of April, which is coming up in just a couple of weeks, is National Alcohol Awareness Month and safety advocates will not only provide information about alcohol addiction, but also to remind people about the tragic consequences of getting behind the wheel of a vehicle after drinking.

Alcohol Addiction

The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence established National Alcohol Awareness Month in 1987. The goal was and still is to increase awareness about alcohol abuse and to help end the stigma often associated with alcohol addiction. In addition to the month-long awareness campaign, there is also an Alcohol-Free Weekend, usually held the first weekend of the month, where everyone is encouraged to remain alcohol-free for 72 hours.

It is estimated – based on a 2019 survey conducted by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) – that there are almost 15 million Americans, 12 years or older, who have some level of alcohol addiction. The problem appears to be more prevalent in men, with 9 million estimated to have an alcohol problem, and 5.5 million women sharing this addiction.

Drunk Driving Stats

Unfortunately, many of those adults who struggle with alcohol addiction make the tragic mistake of operating their vehicles after they have been drinking. That decision often ends catastrophically. Every 52 minutes, a victim dies in a drunk driving accident in the United States. That comes out to 28 people killed every single day, more than 10,000 each year.

There are thousands of victims who do survive alcohol-related accidents, many of them left with long-term or permanent disabilities. The injuries victims suffer are often severe because of the force of the impact when the vehicle being driven by the drunk driver hits the victim’s vehicle. This is because a drunk driver usually fails to react or try to avoid crashing like a sober driver usually does right before the impact. A drunk driver is usually unaware they are about to crash.

Some of the more common injuries suffered by drunk driving accident victims include:

·       Brain injuries

·       Burns

·       Injuries to limbs

·       Internal injuries and organ damage

·       Soft tissue injuries

·       Spinal cord injuries

The road to recovery is often a long one for victims. The medical expenses for treatment, medication, surgeries, rehabilitation, and more are usually astronomical. Many victims are unable to work while they recover, losing weeks or months of income and benefits. It is not uncommon for a drunk driving victim to be left with such serious disability that they are unable to return to their prior occupation or able to work at all. There are also the non-economic losses a victim suffers, such as pain and suffering, mental anguish, disfigurement, scarring, and more.

Have You Been Injured in a Drunk Driving Accident?

All of the losses a victim faces because of the negligence of the drunk driver who hit them may be able to be recovered in a car accident claim or lawsuit. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in a drunk driving crash, a New Braunfels Personal Injury Attorney can help get you the financial compensation you may be entitled to. Call 830-201-3515 to schedule a free and confidential consultation with a skilled Guadalupe County drunk driving accident attorney.

 

 Source:

https://guideinc.org/2021/01/05/mark-your-calendar-planning-your-2021-prevention-projects-made-easy/

https://www.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/brochures-and-fact-sheets/alcohol-facts-and-statistics

https://www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/drunk-driving

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