Even with strict laws and punishments in place for if a person is caught while driving drunk in Maryland, the need for a good drunk driving accident law firm Maryland residents can rely on is on the rise. In most states in the U.S., people that are of the drinking age are allowed to have a certain amount of alcohol and still be allowed to drive while legally under the blood alcohol content (BAC) limit. An unfortunate reality is that many people are not responsible when it comes to their alcohol consumption and driving, and drive with a BAC that significantly above the legal limit. Drunk driving accidents are all too common in Maryland and the surrounding states. Many people are injured and die because of drunk drivers.
If you or someone you love has been in an accident with a drunk driver you may find it helpful to discuss your rights with a lawyer at a personal injury law firm that is experienced with successfully defending the rights of injured people and their families. An injured drunk driving accident victim and/or their family may be entitled to compensation from the drunk driver and his or her insurance company.
Drunk Driving and Impaired Driving Statistics
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) every day in the United States, 29 people die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol impaired driver.
- 10,497 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes in 2016. This accounts for 28%
of all traffic-related deaths in the United States that year.
- 214 traffic deaths among children ages 0 to 14 years involved an alcohol-impaired
- More than 1 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or
narcotics in 2016.
- 111 million adults self-reported to driving while alcohol impaired in 2014.
- Both legal and illegal drugs are involved in about 16% of motor vehicle crashes.
If you or a family member are unfortunately part of the latest statistics on people who have become victims of drunk driving accidents, it may be in your best interest to enlist the help of a reputable drunk driving accident law firm Maryland drunk driving accident victims and their families can trust.
Alcohol Impairment and Drunk Driving
When a person drinks alcohol, depending on how their particular system processes it, their body weight, their muscle mass and other factors, the alcohol impairs the person’s abilities. It can impair cognitive abilities, motor skills, memory, and balance, to name a few of the things alcohol consumption can negatively impact. This is why there are laws against driving while under the influence of alcohol and other altering substances. Drunk driving is usually considered a crime. Even if a drunk driver who injures someone else goes through a criminal trial, the drunk driving victim and their family may be able to file a civil claim against the drunk driver in order to get compensation for expenses related to the drunk driving victim’s injury.
The law firm of Cohen & Cohen has been defending the rights of injured people and their families for over 30 years. We have helped countless people who have been injured in drunk driving accidents. If you or someone you love has been in an accident with a drunk driver, a member of our dedicated legal team is available to go over your situation and to give you a free case evaluation. For a drunk driving law firm Maryland is fortunate to have in its midst, contact Cohen & Cohen today.