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Impaired driving statistics and ramifications

South Carolina motorists might be taken aback by certain facts pertaining to impaired driving and the dangers it poses to motorists. More than two dozen people in the United States die every day because of an accident involving a drunk driver, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The number of people injured in a drunk-driving accident per day is just as alarming.

Accidents causally linked to impaired drivers account for almost one-third of all traffic fatalities, as reflected by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data compiled for the year 2012. Regarding people under the age of 15, one out of every five traffic deaths can be attributed to DWI accidents. According to the NHTSA statistics, younger drivers, motorcyclists and individuals with a record of drunk driving are most likely to perish on account of impairment.

According to the CDC, there are various measures that have proven to be effective in mitigating the risk of DWI accidents. For example, enforcing intermittent sobriety checkpoints and quickly seizing the driver's licenses of convicted DWI offenders may reduce the sheer number of accidents involving drunk drivers. Community programs aimed at DWI prevention and mandatory substance abuse assessments for DWI offenders are also useful as preventative measures, the CDC asserts.

Regardless of the true efficacy of these measures, DWI accidents resulting in injuries and fatalities may still occur with some frequency. When they do, accident victims may possess legal recourse after the fact. Through civil action, such as personal injury claims, people who have suffered losses due to drunk-driving wrecks may be entitled to restitution. An attorney who practices in this field may discuss with accident victims the steps necessary to obtain personal injury compensation.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Impaired Driving: Get the Facts", October 28, 2014

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