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Drunk driving deaths: How bad are the numbers?

It’s no profound statement to say that the invention of the car changed this country in countless ways. Automobiles allowed us to spread out to the suburbs. They gave us a sense of freedom that plays into our American heritage. They also allowed us to move things with relative ease. Because of this, we rely on them perhaps more than any other country in the world, taking 233 billion trips per year in our vehicles.

But with the good comes the bad. A shocking one in 2,000 of these excursions are undertaken by a drunk driver. Even more appalling is the fact that an intoxicated driver is responsible for one in every three traffic fatalities.

When put in perspective, this means that a person dies in a drunk driving-related accident every 53 minutes. Just in 2012, the last year for which statistics are available, 10,322 people died because of an intoxicated driver. Texas, sadly, led the pack by a wide margin, seeing 1,296 fatalities in that year. The next closest was California with 802.

While it’s easy to forget the effect of these tragedies on human lives when just looking at numbers, each of these figures represents a human being who likely leaves in his or her wake a grieving family.

If you’ve been affected by a drunk driving accident in Texas, you may want to consult with an attorney, who might be able to help you fight for compensation and get the help you deserve. You are more than a statistic.

Source:, “About Drunk Driving,” Retrieved July 15, 2014

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