The campaign to reduce drunk driving has gone on since the 1970s when statistics were at an all-time high. Drunken driving campaigns, stiffer laws and tighter law enforcement are all actions that made a dent in reducing drunk driving accidents and fatalities. Yet drunk driving is still a concern and still takes lives. If you suffer serious injury or lose a loved one because of a drunken driver, Las Vegas drunk driver accident attorneys can aggressively pursue compensation through a civil lawsuit.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that in 2010, more than 10,000 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes, which is one person every 51 minutes. The cost of drunk driving accidents is more than $37 billion a year. NHTSA and/or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety periodically conduct surveys among drivers to determine how common drinking and driving is. They conducted the first survey in 1973 and completed the fourth, most recent, survey in 2007. Here are some of the statistics from the survey:
- The percentage of male drivers with blood alcohol content (BAC) over .08 (42%) was higher than the percentage of female drivers with illegal BAC levels
- In 2007, drivers with BAC over .08 declined to 2.2%, compared with 1973 drivers, when 7.5% of drivers had illegal BACs
- In 2007, the number of drunken drivers on the road during weeknights was 71% less than in 1973
- The highest percentage of drivers with illegal BACs was in the middle of the night or early Saturday morning between 1:00 a.m. and 3:00 a.m.
If you are hit by a drunk driver in Las Vegas, your chances for recovering compensation are typically very good.
Huggins & Maxwell fights aggressively to recover the damages our clients are entitled to receive.