Many automobile manufacturers are in an ongoing competition with each other to make vehicles that offer more and more safety features. While it is certainly true that today's vehicles are safer than they've ever been, drivers should never allow themselves to have a false sense of security when they get behind the wheel. Regardless of a vehicle's safety features, drivers are ultimately responsible for ensuring their own safety, and the safety of others around them on the roadways.
In New Orleans, and all throughout Louisiana, one problem that leads to far too many auto accidents is drunk driving. During a recent 10-year period, data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that more than 3,000 people lost their lives in drunk driving accidents in Louisiana. The per capita death rate for drunk driving in Louisiana is higher amongst all age groups, and both genders, than the national average death rate.
Every year, millions of intoxicated people in the United States get behind the wheel of an automobile. In one survey by the CDC, 2.5% of the surveyed adults in Louisiana reported driving after drinking too much. That number is significantly higher than the national average of 1.9%.
The bottom line is that drunk drivers risk the lives and safety of themselves and others. Under Louisiana law, a person cannot legally drive if his or her blood-alcohol concentration is 0.08% or higher. When individuals ignore that law, they not only risk criminal penalties, but also civil liability for any damages that they cause to other people.
Anyone who is a victim of a car accident caused by a drunk driver may be entitled to pursue compensation. Victims and their families should consider hold drunk drivers accountable through the legal system for those drivers' negligent and illegal behavior.
Source: CDC.gov, "Sobering Facts: Drunk Driving in Louisiana," Accessed on March 28, 2015