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Fatal Accidents from Impaired Driving an Increasing Problem in New York

Motorists driving while under the influence of drugs and alcohol is still a major problem in New York, as new data published in an Adirondack Daily Enterprise (Saranac Lake, NY) column indicates. Over two out of every five fatalities are related to drugs or alcohol.

According to a study from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, of the 36,560 traffic deaths in 2018, nearly 30%, or over 10,000 people, were in alcohol-impaired motor vehicle accidents. As a result, the New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) gave funding to the Institute for Traffic Safety Management and Research (ITSMR), a research center within New York University at Albany, to update its studies regarding the involvement of drugs and alcohol in fatal and personal injury crashes in New York.

The ITSMR found the number of intoxicated deadly crashes in 2019 had fallen 12% since 2015. Impaired fatal crashes made up 38% to 51% of all deadly accidents during the four-year span from 2015 to 2019. In 2018, nearly half (42%) of reported impaired fatal and personal injury crashes happened on weekends, and 58% happened at night (from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m.). The study showed that 51% of the intoxicated fatal and personal injury crashes that year involved more than one vehicle, and 35% involved just one vehicle. Cyclists and pedestrians were victims in 14% of the intoxicated fatal and personal injury crashes.

In 2019, three-quarters of intoxicated drivers in fatal accidents were male. That same year, drivers between the ages 21 and 29 made up 30% of impaired fatal and personal injury crashes. Drivers between the ages of 30 and 39 made up 27%. Drivers 60 and older made up just 8% of impaired fatalities and personal injury crashes, despite making up 30% of the licensed drivers in New York. Also, 4% of these crashes involved people under the legal drinking age of 21.

Drunk Driving Accident Injuries

Common injuries sustained by victims of drunk driving accidents in New York include:

  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Whiplash and neck injuries
  • Cuts, bruises, and lacerations
  • Amputations
  • Fractures and broken bones
  • Internal injuries
  • Burn injuries
  • Disfiguring facial injuries and scars
  • Soft tissue injuries

You Could Be Owed Compensation

 Depending on the facts and circumstances of the drunk driving truck accident, you could be entitled to various types of compensation, including:

  • Medical expenses (past and future)
  • Rehabilitation and therapy
  • Lost income
  • Lost earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Mental anguish
  • Loss of consortium

Contact a New York Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured from a motor vehicle accident caused by a drunk driver, you might be eligible to pursue a claim for financial compensation. At Hach & Rose, LLP, our skilled and compassionate personal injury lawyers are prepared to help you hold the negligent party accountable. Call now for a free and confidential consultation.


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