Drunk driving accident kills two girls in Sac City

Drunk driving injures and kills thousands of people across the country every year, and is a major cause of death among teens.

Drunk driving remains a major cause for serious traffic accidents in Iowa as well as the rest of the country. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 30 people are killed every day in drunk driving accidents - this equates to about one death every 48 minutes. The injuries resulting from a drunk driving crash can be catastrophic, resulting in astronomical medical bills as well as other expenses and difficulties for the victims.

To combat the risk of people being injured or killed by drunk drivers, strict laws exist in Iowa and every state. Despite these laws, drunk driving is still a problem in Iowa. 92 people lost their lives in alcohol-related accidents in the state in 2012, says the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This was an increase over the previous two years.

That same year, approximately 290,000 people were injured in drunk driving accidents across the country, says Mothers Against Drunk Driving, which shows the grave danger that drunk driving presents to others on the road.

Strategies to combat drunk driving

According to the National Safety Council, all states have enacted numerous strategies to combat impaired driving, including:

  • Blood alcohol content limits for drivers
  • Minimum drinking ages
  • Stronger penalties for repeat offenders or arrests involving a high blood alcohol content

In fact, people with prior drunk driving convictions are a risk on the roads, says MADD. About a third of those arrested for driving while intoxicated are repeat offenders.

Drunk driving and teenagers

Sadly, many younger drivers are affected by drunk driving, either as victims or as the drivers themselves. About 25 percent of fatal car accidents involving teenagers were the result of an underage drunk driver.

This was the case in an August crash in Sac City that resulted in the deaths of two 16-year-old girls, said the Quad-City Times. A 21-year-old man received a felony charge of supplying alcohol resulting in death, after authorities accused him of supplying beer to a 17-year-old boy. Following the two-vehicle crash that killed the two girls, the boy faces charges of vehicular homicide.

An attorney can help

A drunk driving accident can happen at any time and often affects innocent people. If you or a loved one was involved in a crash caused by an intoxicated driver, you may be eligible for compensation of your pain, suffering, disability and medical expenses and other losses resulting from your injuries. Contact an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss your rights.

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