Posted on December 10th, 2010 by Zane Cagle
According to statistics by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, approximately 40 million people are operating motor vehicles under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Missouri and Illinois were states that indicated a significant increase or decrease. The study indicated that 30 million people in the U.S. drove drunk and 10 million were drugged. An average of 13.2 percent of people age 16 and older drove under the influence of alcohol and 43 percent drove under the influence of an illegal drug. It was shown that younger drivers were more likely to drive impaired with drivers 16-25 with the highest rate of drunk driving.
Of all the 50 states, 12 states had a reduction in drunk driving and credit is given to information about the dangers of drinking and driving as well as law enforcement of the law. One in three fatal car accidents were reported to be related to an illegal drug according to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administrations Fatal Accident Report System.
While the numbers may be dropping a small percentage, alcohol and drug use combined with driving is still far too high. Drinking and driving is negligent and if you are a victim of a car crash involving someone’s use of drugs or alcohol, seeking the counsel of a St. Louis attorney is wise in order to file a claim for personal injury. Claims to cover medical bills that can accumulate quickly lost wages, and even suffering need an experienced attorney such as Zane T. Cagle. At The Cagle Law Firm, an experienced St. Louis Accident Attorney can review your claim and help you file a lawsuit against the person responsible for your accident or injury or to help you to determine if you have a wrongful death claim or a claim for personal injury damages contact The Cagle Law Firm today. To schedule a consultation to discuss your claim, please contact the firm today at 1(314) 276-1681 to consult with a car accident attorney to determine if you have a claim. Source: 40 Million in U.S. Driving Drunk or Drugged, HealthDay News, 12/9/10