Impaired driving is a serious issue across the United States. Many people who have been drinking or taking drugs believe that they can drive safely after having had a few drinks or ingesting some other substance but their judgment is not sound and tragic accidents end up happening.
Impaired-driving statistics vary across the nation and there are statistics on each individual state.
For example, in 2020, in Mississippi:
- Twenty-one percent (or 162) of the total number of all motor vehicles involving fatalities were alcohol-impaired.
- There were 252 total driving fatalities (number 20 in the country).
- This is an especially alarming statistic because the population of Mississippi is the 17th smallest in the United States.
The statistics cited above come from a recently released report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Unfortunately, in many cases, the numbers are getting higher rather than lower over time. That is most likely due to a number of factors and, considering how much stress Americans are experiencing at the moment, it is not surprising that the numbers are getting worse instead of better.
Sound advice from a knowledgeable personal injury attorney
If you have been involved in a motor-vehicle accident and have been injured or have lost a loved one because of a motor-vehicle accident, it is probably wise to seek the counsel of a personal injury attorney who can give you sound advice and who can help you to navigate the legal process and stay by your side every step of the way.
In a motor-vehicle accident situation, if the consequence of the accident is a result of another person’s negligence, you should not have to pay for everything that you need, whether that means medical treatment, legal fees, or anything else that is connected to the accident. The attorney can help you to protect your rights and educate you on the ins and outs of the legal process and what you should expect and what you should do to hopefully ensure that the outcome of your case will turn out favorably.
The reality is that you need money to live a good life. The expenses that you will be faced with after an accident are not your choice. Whatever your expenses are as a result of the accident, the responsible party should cover those so that you can continue to live a comfortable life.