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Drunk Driving Accident Statistics [Infographic]

May 6, 2021

Get the Facts on Drunk Driving

According to the most recent data reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), drunk driving-related deaths in 2019 reached the lowest percentage since 1982. However, 10,142 people had still lost their lives. Drunk driving accidents are preventable in a straightforward way — don’t drink and drive. While this may seem like common sense, and it’s a well-known fact that operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated increases the chances of being involved in a fatal motor vehicle crash, the statistics in this infographic paint a grim picture of the reality of drunk driving accidents in the U.S. Here are the sobering facts.


  • Approximately 28 people die in drunk driving crashes every day.
  • 10,142 people died in drunk driving crashes in 2019.
  • Roughly one-third of all fatal crashes involve drunk drivers with a BAC of .08 or higher.
  • One person was killed in drunk driving crashes every 52 minutes in 2019.
  • From 2010 - 2019, on average 10,000 people lost their lives in drunk driving accidents each year. That’s 100,000 lives too many.

When You Need Help After a Drunk Driving Accident

Even though you drive defensively, crossing paths with a drunk driver on the road can significantly increase the risk of being involved in a fatal crash. When careless drivers make the conscious decision to get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol, causing someone to sustain a severe injury, it can have a life-long impact on everyone involved. Not only can this take a toll on the victim physically, mentally, and financially, but it can also have an effect on their family too.

If you’ve been hurt in a car crash due to a drunk driver’s negligence we can help. Our caring lawyers are here to offer you support and guidance every step of the way.

Call Peterson & Associates, at (816) 298-8708 to speak with an attorney about your potential case. We are offering consultations via phone, email, and video conferencing for your convenience.

Categories: Auto Accidents

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