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National drunk driving statistics have been debated for years, with the definition of “resulting from intoxicated driving” being a major matter of disagreement. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has long used the liberal definition for drunk driving: any accident which includes a drunk driver is classified as resulting from drunk driving. This definition produces a nation figure of anywhere between 330,000 and 500,000 accidents depending on source, even the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration advertises several different drunk driving statistics with all having a disclaimer that the number given is an estimate.
Colorado Drunk Driving Stats
The total number of deaths resulting from drunk driving accidents is a more accurate number but data can lag by several months and in some cases years. As of November 27th, 2009, 11,770 estimated deaths had occurred due to drunk driving in the year 2009. This 11 month total is substantially higher than the estimated 11 month totals seen for both 2007 and 2008 and suggests that the total number of DUI deaths may be higher in 2009 than it was in the two previous years. DUI deaths have been trending down over the last 30 years, but there is some variability from one year to the next.
The reporting of total incidences of drunk driving can take months to compile and even then is rather incomplete. Early estimates amongst multiple reporting agencies, including the NHTSA, show that monthly drunk driving injuries in 2009 may be higher than they were in 2008 but these numbers have not yet been confirmed. The preliminary stats from 2009 are leading many experts to suspect the first significant jump in drunk driving fatalities in nearly a decade. National drunk driving prevention campaigns have helped reduce the incidence of drunk driving over the last few decades and a large increase for 2009 would be troubling.
Contact a Denver or Aurora Personal Injury Attorney
If you are one of the estimated 300,000 individuals who were injured in a drunk driving crash each year, help is available to get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries even if insurance companies are not willing to work with you. Fuller Law has helped hundreds of clients get the compensation they deserved. Contact Fuller Law to learn more about your options and to receive your free initial consultation.