Accidents that are caused by people driving under the influence cause a lot of damage of families and also to the country as a whole. In the United States alone, the number of people who have died directly as a result of people driving under the influence stands at about 3000 people at the time this article was written. Lots of people are injured every year as a result of DUI accidents and this number stands at about 700,000 people annually. In the paragraphs below, we are going to give you some shocking statistics on this topic.
There is also a great economic cost of DUI crashes. This comes about because people who are caught driving under the influence cannot go to work when they have been arrested, the victims cannot go to work if they have been injured or killed in an accident and there is also extensive damage to property and also insurance companies have to pay for some of the damage that is done. The result is that there is a tremendous cost to the economy which is estimated to be around 20 billion dollars yearly.
One thing that is quite interesting to take note of is that a lot of alcohol related deaths are caused by people who have not exceeded the legal limit of 0.8 percent. This statistic just shows that you do not have to be over the legal limit for your judgment to be seriously impaired. People who have just had a few drinks are also causing fatal accidents.
Statistics on the topic are not all that accurate because of the difference between alcohol-impaired accidents and alcohol related activities. When you are saying that an accident is alcohol related you are referring to everyone who is involved in the accident.
This is a passenger in a vehicle, the driver or just someone walking on the road who is involved. When talking about crashes related to alcohol, a sober driver who hits a drunk pedestrian who is walking foolishly in the road is counted as a crash related to alcohol.
About 250,000 people over the last 10 years have died due to alcohol related accidents. One scary statistic is that if you are between the ages of 18 and 24 in the United States the most likely cause of death for you would be an alcohol related accident. This age group in the United States represents the highest number of crashes and deaths when compared proportionally to the number of alcohol consumers within that age group.
If you have been involved in a DUI accident, you should not count on your insurance to bail you out. The insurance company may bail out your victim but not you because insurance companies cannot pay for damage that has been caused by criminal activity on your part.
If you did not already know, driving under the influence and being involved in an accident while driving under the influence is a criminal offence. Driving under the influence is certainly not something you should play around with.