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The danger of alcohol-related accidents in Washington

National Highway Transportation Safety Association statistics for 2011, note that 457 people died in traffic accidents that year.
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    December 20, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Residents in the state of Washington face dangers on the roads on a daily basis. From fatigued drivers to distracted drivers, there is no shortage of risk to the safety of all people. Drivers that operate vehicles while under the influence of alcohol also pose great danger to themselves and others. Death or serious injuries such as neck, head and brain injuries can result from alcohol-related accidents all too easily.

Brain injuries and drunk driving accidents

Brain injuries commonly occur as the result of car accidents with 28 percent of all traumatic brain injuries being attributed to such crashes, per the Family Caregiver Alliance. Forty-nine percent of brain injuries severe enough to warrant the patient being admitted to the hospital were caused by auto collisions.

Data from the FCA indicates that alcohol is indeed a contributor to vehicular accidents with one registered injury being sustained every two minutes from accidents that involved alcohol.

The scope of the problem in Washington

According to records collected and reported by the National Highway Transportation Safety Association for 2011, 457 people died in traffic accidents that year. Of those, 156 or 34 percent, died in accidents that involved alcohol. For King County, the percentage is similar with 23 deaths out of 73 being attributed to intoxicated driving crashes. That is an overall of 31 percent for the county.

Additional statistics from the Century Council for the same year add to the picture:
- Alcohol-related accidents killed 2.3 people out of every 100,000 residents.
- A blood alcohol content of 0.16 or greater was measured in 74 percent of all alcohol-related fatal accidents.
- Repeat offenders with a blood alcohol content higher than 0.15 percent accounted for 80 percent of the fatalities.
- Repeat offenders with a blood alcohol content of less than 0.16 percent accounted for 20 percent of the fatalities.

Statewide, a total of 11,101 people were arrested for driving under the influence in 2011.

How residents can stay safe and protected

Taking appropriate cautions when driving can help reduce the chance of an accident. Defensive driving and avoiding dangerous roads are some examples of how citizens can stay safe. However, there is no way to fully prevent against the risk of accident.

If you are involved in an accident that involved a drunk driver, you should seek help from an attorney promptly. That is your best method of ensuring you receive the compensation and help you need and deserve.

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