Every day in Alabama, residents get in their vehicles to go about their daily lives with the trust that they will reach their destinations safely. While most of the time this turns out to be the case, there are sadly plenty of times when this does not happen. Despite strong laws and growing public awareness about the need to drive safely, too many drivers make dangerous decisions that put innocent people at risk. At the Champ Lyons III law firm, we see the results of these decisions every day.
For many decades now, advocacy groups and law enforcement agencies have worked hard to educate the public about the true dangers of drunk driving, yet it remains a significant problem on Alabama roads and highways. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 246 people lost their lives at the hand of drunk drivers in Alabama last year alone. These deaths accounted for 26% of the state’s total vehicular fatalities in 2018.
Between 2014 and 2018, Alabama recorded a total of 1,318 drunk driving deaths statewide with 2015 being the year with the least alcohol-related fatalities during that five-year period. That year, 244 people were killed by drunk drivers. The following year, however, drunk driving deaths in the state jumped to 298.
If you would like to learn more about how you or someone you love can get the help you deserve after being involved in a motor vehicle accident caused by another driver’s negligence, please feel free to visit the crash assistance and compensation page of our Alabama personal injury website.