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Causes of death in drunk driving accidents

On Behalf of | Mar 23, 2018 | Car Accidents |

Even New York residents who don’t drive should be wary of drunk motorists. These reckless drivers present a danger to pedestrians, city buses and everyone on the streets. In fact, drunk driving is involved in one-third of all traffic accident fatalities. Fatal car accident injuries can occur due to a number of factors, including the severity of the injury and the time it takes for emergency responders to arrive.

It’s important to note that even a small amount of alcohol can impair a driver’s reaction time. That’s why all states have set the legal blood alcohol limit for drivers at .08 percent. For younger people, the risk of getting in a drunk driving crash is higher. In addition to having less driving experience, young people are more likely to travel in groups and have more distractions while driving.

While not all drunk driving crash injuries are fatal, death could occur instantly or at a later time. Many victims suffer head trauma from hitting the steering wheel, being struck by debris or even getting launched through the windshield. Blood loss could lead to death if medical treatment is not initiated quickly enough. Furthermore, broken glass can cause serious injury or even death if internal organs are pierced.

The family members of someone who was killed by a drunk driver could file a lawsuit against the negligent parties. The same is true for a victim who is injured and survives. When someone files a personal injury claim, it is not necessary for them to personally negotiate with the insurance company. An attorney could handle this on behalf of the victim.