How Common Are Drunk Driving Accidents?
Alcohol-related crashes remain a leading cause of car accident injuries and deaths in the United States. Nearly 12,000 people die in drunk-driving crashes across the country each year, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. Breaking those statistics down further, NHTSA found that an estimated 1,440 people are injured and 29 others killed in alcohol-related accidents in one day alone.
While no DUI-related deaths are acceptable, the number of drunk-driving fatalities in many states is thankfully trending downward. Still, motorists are six times more likely to die in DUI accidents than in crashes not involving controlled substances