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Are drunk driving crashes in Virginia common?

Although data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggest that drunk driving crashes occur less frequently in Virginia than they do on average throughout the rest of the country drunk driving is still a major contributor to fatal accidents around the Commonwealth. This post will discuss some CDC statistics that demonstrate how frequently drunk drivers cause collisions between motor vehicles and how often those accidents result in deaths.

Between the years of 2003 and 2012 more than 2,600 people were killed by drunk drivers in Virginia. Victims came from all age demographics, with the bulk of victims falling under the age of 35 years old. Though men were more likely to die in drunk driving crashes than women, individuals of both genders may succumb to the negligent tendencies of drunk drivers and the injuries they sustain in accidents with them.

A terrifying 1.4 percent of Virginia drivers have admitted to driving when they had consumed too much alcohol, and every time that an intoxicated driver gets behind the wheel of their car they put innocent lives at risk. The losses that a family may endure when a loved one is killed in a drunk driving accident can be difficult to quantify, but after considering the loss of income they may experience with their loved one's death, the extensive medical bills they may endure from their loved one's emergency treatments and care, and the costs associated with providing their loved one with a proper funeral and burial it is easy to see how burdensome the toll of a fatal accident can be.

Surviving victims of drunk driving crashes can often sue the parties who caused their harm and in cases where victims die from their injuries certain surviving family members may have rights to pursue their damages through wrongful death lawsuits. Virginia personal injury attorneys are excellent resources of individuals who have experienced the trauma of drunk driving accidents and who wish to learn more about their legal rights.

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