Two Percent Increase in Indiana DUI-Related Deaths
Some good news and bad news from statistics released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in Washington. In 2009, traffic accident fatalities decreased by 15 percent in Indiana. Unfortunately, reversing a recent trend, there was an 1.9 uptick in drunk-driving-related deaths in the state; this translates to 210 fatalities vs. 206 in 2008.
On a national basis, some additional positive findings in the data: traffic deaths apparently fell about 10 percent to a 60-year low while U.S. alcohol-related fatalities fell by about 7 percent. According to the NHTSA, car crashes are the leading cause of death for those between the ages of 3 and 34. An NHTSA official suggested that the improved safety numbers are a reflection of increased seat belt enforcement and use along with anti-drunk driving campaigns.
If you or a loved one have been seriously hurt in a traffic accident owing to the actions of a drunk driver, please contact the Indiana personal injury lawyers at Young and Young in Indianapolis to obtain full information about your legal rights to recover money damages in civil court. With 55 years of experience, we stand ready and able to help you make the person who caused the harm to fully compensate you for that harm. Call us, toll free, at 1-888-639-5161 for a no-obligation consultation.