Drunk drivers claim the lives of innocent AR motorists

Drunk drivers in Arkansas can cause tragic car accidents, which may lead to serious injuries and even death for auto collision victims.

When people make the decision to get behind the wheel of a vehicle after drinking, they are endangering the lives of everyone on the road. The negligent actions of a drunk driver can change the life of another person by causing traumatic injuries or even death. Despite national and state campaigns warning Arkansas motorists of the dangers of drinking and driving, people continue to engage in this deadly behavior and lives are lost as a result.

Drunk driving is deadly

People who are involved in drunk driving car accidents may suffer from catastrophic injuries, including traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, loss of limbs, severe burns and even paralysis. Some lose their lives as a result of the severe trauma inflicted on their bodies at the time of impact.

Drunk drivers took the lives of 143 Arkansas residents in 2012, which accounted for 26 percent of all motor vehicle accident deaths in the state that year, according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Arkansas taxpayers were responsible for paying $643 million for these drunk driving deaths. Nationwide, approximately 10,322 people were killed and another 345,000 accident victims were seriously injured in drunk driving car accidents.

Lowering the legal limit

Although the legal limit in Arkansas is 0.08 percent, lower amounts of alcohol have shown to affect drivers as well. People who have a blood alcohol content level of 0.05 percent may have impaired judgment, reduced reaction time, lowered alertness and difficulty steering, according to MADD. The National Transportation Safety Board requested that state authorities around the nation carefully consider lowering the legal limit to 0.05 percent as a way to decrease the number of intoxicated drivers on state roadways. However, no states have adopted the reduced legal limit yet, as reported by the Chicago Tribune.

What is Arkansas doing to curb drunk drivers?

Arkansas uses several different tactics to deter people from driving while intoxicated, apprehend drunk drivers and limit the number of car accidents that take place in the state. Sobriety checkpoints are set up in areas where there are high occurrences of drunk driving accidents, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association. MADD reports that Arkansas is also one of 22 states in the nation that requires all convicted drunk drivers to use ignition interlock devices on their vehicles. Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that these breath test devices decrease the drunk driving recidivism rate by 67 percent, which ultimately saves lives.

Partner with an attorney

People who have been seriously injured or have lost a loved one in a drunk driving accident should consider contacting a personal injury attorney. You should not have to struggle with medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering because of another driver's bad decision. You may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, treatment, loss of employment and emotional trauma.

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