Many families in Arizona know firsthand the pain of losing a loved one or of watching a loved one suffer through an injury that resulted from an automobile accident connected to alcohol. It is estimated that in the United States, one person loses their life every 50 minutes on average because of a car crash involving alcohol.
Recently, President Donald J. Trump issued a proclamation designed to address a disturbing uptick in the percentage of automobile accident fatalities connected to alcohol. In his proclamation, the President declared December 2017 as National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. The goal was to encourage more conversation and more action on the part of individuals and communities to prevent impaired driving. Emphasis was placed on personal choice and the role this plays in a person's decision to drive sober or to drive impaired.
Over the past four decades, the United States has seen a reduction in the percentage of automobile fatalities linked to driving impaired. However, in the past two years, there has been a reversal in that trend, and the number of alcohol-impaired traffic fatalities has increased. In 2016, 10,000 people lost their lives in alcohol-related automobile accidents. This represents more than 25 percent of the traffic fatalities that year. In his proclamation, the President stated, 'We must reverse this trend."
Individuals who are the victim of alcohol-related motor vehicle accidents may benefit from seeking the assistance of a personal injury attorney. A personal injury attorney may be able to work on behalf of the victims or on behalf of their loved ones in the case of a fatality. The attorney may help victims by showing them that the defendant was negligent and ignored their duty of care toward the victims by choosing to drive while intoxicated. The attorney may work with their clients to evaluate their civil claim and help the clients determine if it is best to settle their claim out of court or if the matter should be brought to trial.