Posted On: April 17, 2012 by Lependorf & Silverstein

Recognizing the Risks of Drunk Driving during Alcohol Awareness Month

Thousands of people are killed every year in the United States in motor vehicle accidents caused by drunk drivers. What makes this even more devastating is that each of those drunk drivers made the choice to drink and then get behind the wheel. Every single drunk driving accident in Massachusetts and throughout the United States is completely preventable, but until each and every driver commits to never drinking and driving, other motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists will continue to be in danger.

Alcohol Impaired Driving Statistics

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Vital Signs, adults in the United States got behind the wheel after drinking too much approximately 112 million times in 2010. Each of these times could have resulted in a serious injury or even fatal car crash. In 2009, almost 11,000 people were killed in drunk driving accidents.

What You Can Do

Every driver is responsible for the safety of others on the road. If their negligent or reckless actions cause an injury accident, or worse a fatal one, then that driver may be held liable in civil court. In order to protect the safety of themselves as well as others on the road, each driver should make the following commitments:

  • If you plan on drinking, don’t drive. Take a cab or grab a ride with a designated driver.
  • If you drive, and you drink, leave your car and find a safe ride home, or sober up and then drive home;
  • If you see a potentially drunk driver on the road, call the police; and
  • Don’t let friends drink and drive. Take their keys, arrange for a safe ride, or give them a place to sober up before they head home.

After a Massachusetts Drunk Driving Accident

The unfortunately reality is that there will always be drunk drivers on our nation’s roads, but, by holding them accountable, maybe we can take drunk drivers off the roads one by one. If you have been injured or have lost a loved one in a Massachusetts alcohol impaired driving accident, the dedicated Boston auto accident lawyers with the Kiley Law Group can help you hold the at-fault driver responsible for their negligent actions as well as obtain the financial compensation you deserve. To learn more about your legal rights and options, call us today at (888) 208-1695 for a free legal consultation.

This guest blog post is brought to you by the Boston personal injury law firm, the Kiley Law Group.