New Study: Most Drivers in Fatal DUI Accidents Doubled the Legal BAC Limit

by Carmen Dellutri on September 14, 2012

Naples accident attorneyAs Cape Coral accident attorneys, we know firsthand that drinking and driving can be a deadly combination. A recent study confirms just how deadly it can be, particularly in accidents involving drivers with extremely high blood alcohol contents (BACs).

A new study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that more than two-thirds of the 10,228 drunk driving deaths in 2010 involved drivers with a BAC of .15 or above. Even more alarming, the study also found that the most commonly recorded BAC among all drunk drivers in 2010 fatal crashes was .18, more than double the legal limit.

Florida recorded 660 fatalities in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes (BAC=. 08+) in 2010. Of those fatalities, 435 involved a driver with a BAC of .15+.

Below are some other key findings:

  • One alcohol-impaired-driving fatality occurred, on average, every 51 minutes during 2010.
  • The age group with the highest percentage of drivers with BACs of .08 or higher was 21 to 24 years old.
  • When looking at drivers by the type of vehicle, motorcycle riders had the highest percentage of alcohol-impaired drivers involved in fatal crashes.
  • The rate of alcohol impairment among drivers in fatal crashes in 2010 was four times higher at night than during the day.
  • Sixteen percent of drivers involved in fatal crashes during the week were alcohol-impaired, compared to 31 percent on weekends.
  • Drivers with BACs of .08 or higher involved in fatal crashes were four times more likely to have prior DWI (driving while impaired) conviction.

With this in mind, we urge everyone to drive responsibly and stay safe this upcoming Labor Day weekend.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Cape Coral accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Cape Coral injury attorneys for a free consultation.

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