This is an issue in communities throughout the nation at all times of the year. In 2012, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that 31 percent of all deaths due to motor vehicle crashes were due to alcohol impairment. That year, 10,322 people died as a result of it. This number is particularly upsetting since it is entirely preventable.
When someone is seriously hurt in a drunk driving accident they may face many months of recovery. In some cases they may not ever recover and face complications for the rest of their life. This can be difficult to handle and as years pass, very expensive. Accordingly, some find it beneficial to file a lawsuit against the drunk driver. Anything recovered in a successful lawsuit might be put toward easing those difficulties.
Of course the best possible course of action when it comes to avoiding a drunk driving accident is for a driver to avoid engaging in the activity in the first place. In addition to refraining from drinking alcohol completely, those who have had too much can call a cab or secure a friend to provide a ride home. They might also use public transportation or a ride sharing service.
Source: PA Home Page, “Game Plan for Super Bowl Sunday: Are You Drinking or Driving?” Jayne Ann Bugda, Jan. 27, 2015