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Are drunk driving fatalities common in New York?

Laws across the country consider a person who has a blood alcohol concentration of .08 percent or higher to be legally drunk. Fatal accidents that are caused by drunk drivers are all accidents that could be prevented if the drunk driver didn't choose to get behind the wheel of the motor vehicle. While the fact that New York's death rate for fatal drunk driving accidents is lower than the national death rate, that isn't going to bring much comfort to people who have had to deal with a loved one being killed by a drunk driver.

Who is most likely to die in a drunk driving crash?

People who are ages 21 through 34 are the ones who are most likely to be killed in a drunk driving accident. Nationally, the death rate for this age group per 100,000 people is 6.7 people. The death rate for the same group here in New York is only 3.3 people. The next group that is likely to be killed by a drunk driver is males. Nationally, males have a death rate of 5.2 people, but that rate is dramatically lower in New York with a rate of only 2.7 people.

Do drivers know that they are too drunk to drive?

The percentage of adults who reported that they knew they had driven after drinking too much within the past 30 days was higher nationally than on a state level. In New York, 1.4 percent of adults reported this, but that rate was 1.9 percent nationally.

Even though the statistics for New York look better than the nation as a whole, people still die in drunk driving accidents. Those left to cope with that loss might choose to seek compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit.

Source: United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Sobering Facts: Drunk Driving in New York," accessed July 21, 2016

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