The Death Rate from Drunk Driving in MississippiMississippi Legal News
A person is considered legally intoxicated and therefore unable to lawfully operate their automobile when they have a blood alcohol concentration that is .08% or more. This is why, if you plan to go out and have a good time with loved ones and friends and alcohol will be involved, planning for safe transportation like using a rideshare service or using a designated driver can keep you out of legal trouble. It can also save your life, as well as the lives of other people sharing the roadways.
The deadly and tragic realities that come with drunk driving should be enough to deter people from operating their vehicles when they have had too much to drink. However, it is not and drunk driving is a major issue in the state of Mississippi and across the United States.
That is why there are so many severe legal repercussions for drunk driving as an additional measure to stop people from getting behind the wheel while intoxicated. Even with these laws and the understanding of how dangerous drunk driving is, one in three deaths from crashes reported in the United States involve a drunk driver.
If you were harmed by a drunk driver in Mississippi, if you have a loved one who was hurt, or if you lost a loved one in a fatal drunk-driving event, the Jackson wrongful death attorney at Germany Law Firm, PLLC can help you recover compensation for your damages.
How Common are Fatal Drunk Driving Accidents in Mississippi?
Despite Mississippi having only 1.2% of people reporting that they have driven after they drank too much being much lower than the national average at 1.9%, Mississippi has a real problem with deadly drunk driving accidents.
From 2003 to 2012, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2,560 people lost their lives in deadly automobile crashes where alcohol was a factor. Individuals aged 21-34 are some of the most affected when it comes to deadly drunk driving incidents. The rate of death in this age range for the entire country in 2012 was 6.7. Although, in Mississippi, it was much higher at and almost double the national average at 12.
Also, males die at higher rates from drunk driving crashes than women do. This is true for the national statistics just as it is for those in the state of Mississippi. Nationally, males died at a rate of 5.2 per 100,000 population while this number was 9.8 per 100,000 population in Mississippi. Again, extremely high when put side-by-side with the rest of the country. These drunk driving statistics in Mississippi are shocking.
Speak with a Jackson Car Accident Attorney Today
Bob Germany has more than four decades of providing skilled and strategic legal counsel to victims who were harmed by another party’s negligent behaviors. When you are hurt by someone else’s recklessness as could be the case if you were involved in a drunk driving accident, you can count on Germany Law Firm, PLLC to be there for you.
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