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4.2 Million Americans Admit to Driving Under the Influence

driving under the influenceAccording to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), approximately one-third of all fatal accidents involve a driver under the influence. Still, millions of Americans are admitting to drinking and driving.

A survey from the CDC has revealed that 4.2 million people admit to driving while intoxicated at least once in the past 30 days. With that number, approximately 121 million drunk driving instances occur each year.

If you have been hurt in an auto accident with a driver who was intoxicated, contact the experienced attorneys you can trust to fight for your rights.

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The CDC’s study paints a picture of those individuals who are more likely to drive drunk. Men between the ages of 21 to 34 with a history of binge drinking are the “typical” drunk driver. Overall, young men who binge drank made up one third of the drunk driving episodes. Men of all ages made up 80 percent of drunk drivers surveyed.

Additionally, information from the study reveals that drivers in the Midwest admitted to drunk driving more frequently than those in other areas. Motorists who admitted to sometimes not using their seatbelt were also more likely to drive under the influence.

Binge drinking is defined as drinking four to five alcoholic beverages at a time. Although men who binge drank were more likely to drive under the influence, four percent of adults are considered binge drinkers. This group is involved in about two-thirds of all drunk driving accidents.

In Pennsylvania, the number of alcohol-related crashes decreased between 2012 and 2013. However, drivers under the age of 25 were involved in more fatal accidents during that time period. Saturation patrols and DUI checkpoints have been increased to try to stop drunk driving. Unfortunately, although most Americans know driving under the influence is wrong, they still get behind the wheel after drinking.

If you have been hurt in a drunk driving crash, contact the attorneys at Schmidt Kramer. With decades of legal experience, we can help you navigate your car crash claim to ensure you obtain the compensation you deserve.

For a free case review, call (888) 476-0807 or fill out an online contact form.