Aside from serious injuries and the emotional and financial hardship that accident victims must deal with, there is also a justice issue involved. When you hold a drunk driver accountable, you do your part to help prevent others from experiencing a similar tragedy.
One of the best examples of the justice factor in action is a non-profit organization called Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). MADD began in 1980 when Beckie Brown, the mother of an 18-year old son decided to take action. A 19-year old drunk driver had killed her son in a car accident. She banded together with a handful of mothers who suffered similar plights and formed a grass roots movement to stop drunk driving. Today MADD is active in communities throughout the nation and works to pass legislation that furthers their goal to “stop drunk driving and support the victims of this violent crime.” MADD also makes statistics known that put drunk driving into perspective, such as:
- Almost half of all drivers who were killed in crashes and tested positive for drugs also had alcohol in their system.
- In 2010, 211 children were killed in drunk driving crashes. Out of those 211 deaths, 131 (62 percent) were riding with the drunk driver.
- Alcohol impairment among drivers involved in fatal crashes in 2010 was four times higher at night than during the day (37 versus 9 percent).
If you suffer serious injury or lose a loved one in a driving while intoxicated (DWI) accident because of a drunken driver’s negligence, see legal help from an experienced El Paso car accident lawyer. Do your part in stopping drunk driving.