The consequences of driving drunk, or high, are so devastating that most drivers are deterred from getting behind the wheel when they are impaired by alcohol or drugs. Unfortunately, some drivers still choose to risk the safety of themselves and others around them by driving under the influence of alcohol. A drunk driver can be both civilly and criminally liable for the harm to other people caused by a motor-vehicle accident resulting from the impairment. In the worst case scenario, the victim of a drunk-driving accident could die from the crash.
Fatalities from drunk driving on the rise
In an end-of-the-year article, CBS News reported that national drunk-driving statistics were not looking good for 2016. Specifically, throughout 2016, an average of 28 men and women died in alcohol-related accidents across the country every day.
According to the article, 10,265 victims died in crashes involving drunk drivers in 2015, which was an astonishing increase of almost 300 deaths from 2014. 2016 numbers could be even worse. An official of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is cited as saying that the current increases in drunk driving have not been “seen in 50 years.”
Seek legal advice
Anyone injured in an alcohol-related crash, or who has lost a loved one in such an accident, should speak with a lawyer about what legal remedies may be available, including a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit.
In Albuquerque and throughout New Mexico, the law firm of Giddens & Gatton Law,amp; Jacobus has personal injury attorneys who handle motor vehicle accident cases and can specifically provide advice to injury victims and their families regarding how to proceed in the wake of an accident-related injury.
Contact Giddens & Gatton Law,amp; P.C., at (505) 273-3720 to set up an appointment or visit the firm’s website at giddenslaw.com. Giddens & Gatton Law,amp; P.C., is located at 10400 Academy Road N.E., Suite 350, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.