Drunk driving is one of the most common forms of reckless behavior that leads to motor vehicle accidents. Drunk driver accidents are also more severe in nature, as shown by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Safety Administration statistics relating to driver BAC in fatal motor vehicle accidents involving automobiles and motorcycles.
The number of drunk driver related accident fatalities, when compared to the total number of accident fatalities, yields a percentage of fatalities caused by drunk driving. The USDOT NHSA makes available statistics from 2007 through 2011 for the State of Connecticut.
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Over the course of 5 years from 2007 to 2011, almost 38% of fatal car accidents were due to drunk drivers. When compared to the rest of the United States, the percentage of Connecticut fatalities due to drunk driving is well above the national average for all years except 2008, where the Connecticut and National percentages were both 31%. When compared to the lowest drunk driver fatality % state, the Connecticut percentage is almost double.
While the theories and explanations for why the Connecticut drunk driver accident fatality percentage is where it is are varied, one thing is for sure: a great deal of Connecticut motor vehicle accident fatalities are due to drunk driving.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a drunk driver caused motor vehicle accident, you need to seek medical attention, and then seek help from a Connecticut personal injury attorney. Police reports, pictures and other evidence need to be collected as soon as possible. Contact us immediately after your injuries have been stabilized. Let us worry about getting your bills paid and getting you compensated for damaged property and injury to your body so that you can focus on getting better sooner.