Impaired Port Charlotte Drivers Don’t Only Harm Themselves

by Carmen Dellutri on September 11, 2013

Naples accident attorneyMany people who get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol believe that they are only putting themselves at risk. As Port Charlotte injury lawyers, we know that is simply not true.

In 2011, 9,878 people lost their lives because of drunk driving. More than a third of the people killed in alcohol-related crashes were not the impaired drivers. Instead, the fatalities included:

  • Passengers of drunk drivers: 1,612
  • Occupants of other vehicles: 1,049
  • Pedestrians or bicyclists: 710
  • Child passengers of drunk drivers: 91

While we have made great strides to raise awareness about the dangers of impaired driving, recent research by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration reveals that we have more work to do.

Almost 1 in 12 (8 percent) of people surveyed by the NHTSA reported getting in the car with a driver they thought might have consumed too much alcohol to drive safely in the past year. In addition, drivers who serve as “designated drivers” do not always abstain from alcohol. A recent study revealed that 1 in 6 tested positive for alcohol, and two percent exceeded the legal limit.

Finally, while the number of alcohol-related crashes has declined overall, the number of alcohol-related motorcycle fatalities increased nine percent in 2011. Motorcycles also had the highest percentage (29 percent) of alcohol-impaired drivers of all vehicle types.

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 Port Charlotte accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

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

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