Alcohol and driving: a deadly combination

Kansas City residents have all likely read stories about or even know of someone who was involved in a drunk driving accident. Not only can individuals who both cause and are the victims of a drunk driving accident suffer serious injuries and even death, but these types of accidents are 100 percent preventable, making them all the more tragic and senseless.

There's no other way to look at it, drinking and driving is a deadly combination. Even one drink is one drink too many if an individual plans to get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. Tragically, many drivers fail to recognize the adverse affect alcohol has on their ability to think clearly and process information. Additionally, alcohol diminishes an individual's coordination and reaction time. In the U.S., every 90 seconds an individual is involved and injured in a drunk driving accident. Every 51 minutes an individual "is killed in a drunk driving accident."

Men and young drivers ages 16 to 20 are especially at risk for being injured or killed in a drunk driving accident. These demographics are also the most likely to drink and drive. In Missouri, during 2012 alone, there were a total of 5,256 alcohol-related car accidents in which 3,268 people were injured and 280 killed. Not only are the human costs associated with drunk driving accidents high, but the economic costs for 2012 topped $1.4 billion in the state.

Individuals who have been injured in a drunk driving accident or who have lost a loved one as a result of a drunk driving accident may choose to discuss their case with an attorney. An attorney who handles personal injury matters can assist an individual in trying to obtain compensation related to injuries, disability, medical costs and lost wages.

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