The nightly news is full of horrific stories, recounting tragic events from the day that claimed dozens, hundreds, or maybe even thousands of innocent lives. They sadden us, anger us, and chill us to our core. But what if the news anchor told you that every 30 minutes in the U.S. someone is killed by a drunk driver
. That, too, would be saddening, angering, and chilling- and true.
At that rate, 48 people every day, and 17,520 each year, die at the hands of a drunk driver. Unfortunately, it isn’t hard to find shocking DUI statistics for the US. For instance, it is estimated that for every one DUI arrest in America, that driver has probably operated a vehicle an average of 81 times in a similar state of impairment.
Take for instance, a Colorado case
last year where a man in his early thirties had killed a 23-year-old woman in his 7th
DUI accident. Assuming this man had only been caught once every 82 times he drove while intoxicated (the average statistic), we could surmise that he had driven under the influence 567 times. Think of the number of innocent lives put at risk by this one driver alone, whose blood alcohol content at the time of the accident was a staggering .44- five times the legal limit and more than double the toxicity level capable of killing him.
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However, despite this man’s seemingly negligible regard for human life, no media outlets covered this story. As tragic as events such as school shootings, airline crashes, and terrorist attacks are, it is just as important to realize the tragedies that occur every day on our streets and highways when drunk drivers get behind the wheel putting innocent lives at stake.
Driving Under the Influence
Driving under the influence is defined as operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content (BAC) which is above the legal limit. In most jurisdictions, a BAC of .08% or higher is illegal and can be considered a crime. However, driving under the influence can also refer to a driver operating a vehicle while using drugs or medication. Committing a DUI is a serious crime punishable by large fines, suspension of one’s license and in the most severe cases, imprisonment. Driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs causes thousands of accidents every year in Colorado and across the country that result in a devastating loss of life and take a huge financial toll on society.
Contact Our Denver DUI Accident Lawyers
If you or someone you love been injured in a DUI accident in Denver, Boulder, or anywhere in the state of Colorado are attorneys can help. You deserve to be compensated for your medical expenses, car damages, and any lost wages that have occurred because of the DUI driver’s negligence. Contact the Denver Law Firm of John R. Fuller, P.C.
today at 303-597-4500
for a free initial consultation.