Alcohol and distracted driving are two of the biggest culprits when it comes to auto accidents. In fact, alcohol-related accidents accounted for 31% of all traffic fatalities in 2010. And every day more than 15 people are killed and more than 1,200 people are injured in vehicle crashes that were reported to involve a distracted driver.
The following drunk driving statistics and distracting driving statistics are provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
- In 2010 alone, 10,228 people were killed in alcohol-related motor vehicle accidents, which accounted for nearly one-third (31%) of all traffic-related deaths in the United States.
- Of the 1,210 traffic deaths among children ages 0 to 14 years in 2010, 211 (17%) involved a driver who was impaired by alcohol.
- Of the 211 child passengers ages 14 and younger who died in alcohol-related motor vehicle accidents in 2010, over half (131) were passengers in a vehicle driven by someone who was alcohol-impaired.
- In 2010, over 1.4 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, which amounts to only one percent of the 112 million self-reported instances of alcohol-impaired driving among U.S. adults each year.
- Drugs other than alcohol (e.g., marijuana and cocaine), which are often used in conjunction with alcohol, are involved in about 18% of motor vehicle driver fatalities.
- Among motorcyclists killed in fatal crashes in 2010, 28% had blood-alcohol contents (BACs) of 0.08% or greater.
- In 2009, more than 5,400 people died in traffic collisions that were reported to involve a distracted driver and about 448,000 people were injured in distracted driving accidents.
- Among those killed or injured in distracted driving accidents, nearly 1,000 deaths and 24,000 injuries cited cell phone use as the major distraction.
The Chicago auto accident lawyers at Ankin Law Office, LLC are committed to making roadways safer by protecting the rights of those injured or killed in auto accidents, including those crashes caused by alcohol use or inattentive driving. If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed in an alcohol-related or distracted driving auto accident, contact one of our Chicago car accident lawyers at (312) 600-0000 to learn more about a possible personal injury lawsuit.