A South Carolina man was charged with felony driving under the influence that resulted in the death of one passenger and paralyzed another.
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accident attorneys know we are heading into the most dangerous time of the year from drunk driving accidents. This tragedy is an all-too-common reminder of the risks.
The incident, reported by Foxcarolina.com, left a 21 year old male paralyzed and killed a 24 year old passenger. According to the news report, the driver had twice the legal limit of alcohol in his system when he ran his vehicle off the road.
The driver was a 21 year old man from St. Matthews. If he is convicted he faces up to 40 years in prison.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 30 people die in the United States in alcohol related motor vehicle accidents every day. This figure amounts to one death approximately every 48 minutes.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that alcohol related crashes have an annual cost of $51 billion.
In 2010, over 10,000 people died in alcohol related driving accidents. Alcohol related deaths account for nearly one third of all traffic-related deaths in the United States. In 2010, 131 children were killed while riding in the car with an alcohol-impaired driver.
Over 1.4 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence in 2010 but that’s a frighteningly small percentage of the 112 million self-reported occurrences of drunk driving.
Drunk drivers involved in fatal crashes are four times more likely to have a prior Driving While Intoxicated conviction.
Young people are at the greatest risk of being involved in a drunk driving incident and about a third of all drunk driving fatalities affected individuals between the ages of 21 and 24.
Alcohol begins to impair an individual long before the .08% blood alcohol content legal limit is reached. At blood alcohol content levels as low as .02% an individual will experience a decline in visual functions and a decreased ability to perform two tasks at the same time.
Driving under the influence of alcohol is a serious issue and despite the widespread acknowledgment of this problem many individuals still choose to drive while under the influence.
An article on Statefarm.com contains multiple tips to help individuals avoid driving drunk.
When you go out and know you will be drinking you should select someone to be a designated driver. While out everyone in the group should be certain that the designated does not drink any alcohol.
If you are unable to designate a driver or that driver begins to drink you could also call a taxi. Other forms of transportation available include: bus, subway, and trains.
If an individual has been drinking then you should not be afraid to take the keys to their car.
If that individual becomes angry then its probably proof you have done the right thing by not allowing them to drive.
If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident, contact the Carolina injury lawyers at the Lee Law Offices today by calling 800-887-1965.
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