Drunk driving is a dangerous behavior that claims the lives of thousands of people every year. Despite aggressive penalties that increase with additional offenses and consequences like the loss of licensing for those who get caught driving while under the influence, thousands of people still get behind the wheel while drunk every single month.
Researchers have long tracked the number of crashes and fatalities associated with drunk driving. In 2018, the most recent year with a comprehensive analysis of data available, researchers found that drunk driving deaths had dropped by about 3.6% nationwide and were also noticeably lower in Florida. However, while that decrease in fatalities is promising, that doesn’t mean that drunk driving is any less of a threat on the modern roads in Florida.
Drunk driving causes property damage and injuries as well
While a minor downturn in drunk driving deaths is an encouraging step in the right direction, the fact remains that drunk driving is responsible for more severe crashes than most other major contributing causes.
Drunk driving is more dangerous than distracted driving or fatigued driving based on the number of injuries and deaths that it causes every year. These crashes cost millions of dollars in property damage, medical expenses and lost wages.
Even if your risk of dying because of a drunk driver is lower now than it was a few years ago, there is still a noteworthy degree of risk. Anyone who gets hurt in a drunk driving crash or loses a loved one to an impaired driver may have the right to bring legal action against that drunk driver in addition to any criminal charges that drunk driver might face.