For decades, safety experts, law enforcement officials and concerned citizens have launched campaigns against drunk driving. But despite an increased number of traffic stops and increased penalties in many states, the number of drunk driving accidents and related injuries as well as fatalities across the nation continues to rise.
In fact, experts are dealing with the startling discovery that 2016 may have been the worst year on record for drunk driving accidents. Some statistics reveal that there was an average of 28 people killed every day as a result of drivers who chose to drink and drive. In 2015, there were 10,265 deaths that resulted from drunk driving accidents on the roads, and it is believed that the number climbed even higher in 2016, according to an article on CBS News website.
As the numbers rise, what comes next?
Obviously, citizens and law enforcement officials are rightfully concerned about this trend, which shows that many efforts to prevent drunk driving are not as effective as people once hoped. The fact that intoxicated drivers continue to get behind the wheel proves that people either do not understand the gravity of their choices or they simply do not care about the possible consequences.
Law enforcement officials and safety experts continue to team up in order to provide accurate and relevant information about the impacts of drinking and driving. In addition, they are working in coordination with car makers and auto developers in order to install new technology into cars that will prevent people from being able to drive while under the influence. The latest technology being tested will prevent drivers from starting their vehicles if their blood-alcohol content is over the legal limit.
In addition, social media and mobile technology are making it easier than ever for people to find alternative transportation if they want to enjoy a night on the town. Ride apps, such as Uber and Lyft, allow people to get a ride home quickly and easily, which can prevent them from wanting to drive after drinking for the sake of convenience.
What should you do in the event of an injury caused by a drunk driver?
After you have received the medical care required and have dealt with the immediate shock of the accident, it's important that you contact a legal professional who is experienced in car accident injuries and wrongful death lawsuits. Your attorney will be able to provide you with the accurate information you need about Connecticut law, and will help you collect the necessary evidence to prove your case in the court system. Drinking and driving is blatantly negligent, and you deserve to be compensated for the physical injuries, the emotional toll and any income lost as a result of the accident.
As you deal with the traumatic aftermath of an accident, the last thing you need to be focusing on is what the next step should be in your legal battle. Partner with a qualified attorney who understands personal injury law in Connecticut, and who specializes in car accident injuries and wrongful death claims. Contact one of our attorneys today in order to set up your consultation, and allow us to help you get the compensation that you both need and deserve.