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Washington D.C. drunk driving accidents and injuries

30 percent of all automotive fatalities were attributed to the involvement of alcohol.
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    December 18, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- As with the rest of the country, Washington D.C. takes drunk driving seriously. The rate of serious injury or death from an automobile accident when alcohol is involved can be high. Understanding the prevalence of such collisions and dangers on the streets of D.C. is an important way for drivers to be safe and more aware when behind the wheel.

Common injuries from auto accidents

Injuries from auto accidents can range greatly but commonly involve the head, neck and brain. Vehicular collisions are responsible for 28 percent of traumatic brain injuries, according to data from the Family Caregiver Alliance. The number is even higher for brain injuries that led to a patient requiring hospitalization with 49 percent attributed to motor vehicle crashes.

Alcohol is known to be a contributor in accidents with one person being injured every two minutes as a result of being involved in an alcohol-related wreck. The FCA calculates that number as a total of 321,000 people annually.

Further data from the Family Caregiver Alliance show that traumatic brain injuries were recorded in 41 percent of all motor vehicle accidents caused by intoxication that resulted in fatalities in 1996. Alcohol was noted to be a contributing factor in a total of seven percent of all accidents in which people sustained brain injuries that year.

A look at drunk driving in Washington D.C.

Information for the year 2011 from the National Highway Transportation Safety Association shows that 30 percent of all automotive fatalities were attributed to the involvement of alcohol. A total of eight people lost their lives at the hands of drunk drivers that year out of a total 27 vehicular deaths in all. That means there were 1.29 alcohol-related deaths per 100,000 residents on D.C. area roadways.

That number is down from 16 alcohol deaths in 2007 but up from the prior year in which seven people died in crashes involving alcohol.

The Century Council shows that in 50 percent of the alcohol-related fatal accidents in D.C. in 2011, the driver's blood alcohol content was greater than 0.15 percent. No deaths were recorded involving drivers with prior DUI convictions on record and a total of 43 people were arrested for driving under the influence that year.

What you can do

First and foremost, defensive driving and awareness when on the road is always a good way to increase your safety. In the event that you are involved in an accident caused by a drunk driver, obtaining help from an attorney promptly is important and can be the best way you have to ensure that you are properly protected and compensated.

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