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CDC data on impaired driving

Arkansas residents may be interested in learning about some of the statistics the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released regarding impaired driving. The information available from the center discusses high-risk demographics and the size of the problem across the United States.

A few of the groups who are most at risk from impaired driving include motorcyclists and drivers with previous DUI or DWI convictions. According to the CDC, drivers with a BAC of .08 percent or higher in a fatal accident were seven times more likely to have had a previous conviction than those without such violations on their records. In addition, about 29 percent of motorcyclists who died in fatal crashes in 2012 had BACs that were over the limit.

However, impaired driving does not only affect these at-risk groups. It is estimated that a person dies in an impaired driving accident every 51 minutes, and approximately 10,322 people lost their lives in such crashes in 2012. This amounted to about 31 percent of all traffic fatalities recorded that year. The economic damage of impaired driving is high as well. More than $59 billion goes to cover expenses stemming from these accidents every year.

The families of the victims killed in impaired driving accidents often shoulder a portion of these costs. The loss of a loved one might incur medical and funeral expenses, and that burden might be exacerbated by the loss of the victim's contribution to household income. However, many of these damages may be offset by a successful wrongful death lawsuit. By filing an action in civil court, a family may be able to hold an allegedly drunk driver liable for the difficulties they are experiencing after the accident.

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