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Driving under the influence (DUI) is defined as operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content (BAC) which is above the legal limit. In most jurisdictions, a BAC of .08% or higher is illegal and can be considered a crime. However, driving under the influence can also refer to a driver operating a vehicle while using drugs or medication. Committing a DUI is a serious crime punishable by large fines, suspension of one’s license and in the most severe cases, imprisonment. Driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs causes thousands of accidents every year that result in a devastating loss of life and take a huge financial toll on society.

Sadly, there are many more disturbing DUI facts:

  • There were 10,076 alcohol-related traffic deaths in 2013, as reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This accounts for more than one-third of traffic-related deaths in the United States.
  • According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a person is injured in a DUI accident every 2 minutes.
  • During 2010, 211 children were killed in DUI accidents. Of those, sixty-two percent, or 131 children were riding with the intoxicated driver.
  • On average, a drunk driver will drive eighty times while under the influence before their first arrest.
  • Alcohol impairment among drivers involved in fatal DUI accidents in 2011 was four and a half times higher at night than during the day.
  • Each day, people drive drunk almost 300,000 times, but fewer than 4,000 are arrested.
  • Approximately two out of every three people in the United States will be involved in a DUI accident sometime in their life.
  • Every day in America, twenty-seven people will die as a result of drunk driving accidents. That is an average of one every 52 minutes.
  • In 2013, 290,000 people were injured in drunk driving accidents, as reported by the NHTSA.
  • Traffic accidents are the leading cause of death for teens, and approximately one-third of these accidents involve alcohol or another substance.
  • At 23.4%, the rate of DUI is highest among people aged twenty-one to twenty-five. Approximately 5.8% of 16-17 year-olds and 15.1% of 18-20 year-olds confessed to having driven while intoxicated sometime during the past year.
  • Nearly seventy-five percent- 7,145- of DUI accidents were caused by drivers with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .15 or higher. That is almost double the legal limit of .08, which is the standard in all fifty states and the District of Columbia.

Contact Our Denver DUI Accident Attorneys

Denver drunk driving accident attorneys, Fuicelli & Lee, P.C.If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident that was caused by a drunk driver, you need someone on your side from the very start. An experienced Denver DUI accident attorney can ensure that your rights are protected and that you receive the compensation you need to recover from all your injuries. Contact the law firm of Fuicelli & Lee, PC, for a free case evaluation. You pay nothing unless you receive a financial settlement or award. Call our office at 303-355-7202 or fill out our confidential contact form at coloradoinjurylaw.com/contact-us.

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