Many people who make it a practice to drink and drive believe that they are not doing anything that impacts their ability to make the right decisions. They also never think about what this could mean for others who are on the road at the same time.
While some believe they are able to drive in a responsible manner while drunk, the majority of people are well aware that this can lead to a car accident. On top of this, they also know that a car accident can cause serious injury or death.
A study by the University of Chicago and Harvard University, titled “How Dangerous Are Drinking Drivers?,” examines some of the statistics associated with this activity.
While the study brings forth many interesting statistics, here is one of the most telling passages:
“According to police reports, at least one driver has been drinking (although not necessarily over the legal blood-alcohol limit) in over 30 percent of fatal crashes. During the time periods in which alcohol usage is greatest, that proportion rises to almost 60 percent.”
This shows that alcohol plays a big part in many motor vehicle accidents, especially those in which at least one person is killed.
It is impossible to know for sure how many people drink and drive. It is impossible to pinpoint just how many drunk drivers are on the road at a given time. What is known, however, is that drinking and driving contributes to thousands of car accidents, injuries and deaths every year.
When people are injured in an accident, they should receive medical attention first and then begin to consider their legal rights.
Source: University of Chicago, “How Dangerous Are Drinking Drivers?” Nov. 20, 2014