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Nearly 10,500 people died in drunk driving accidents in 2016

In some cases, car accidents are truly accidental. What we mean is: the drivers involved aren't doing anything negligent, and yet the two cars collide. And in many cases, these wrecks aren't serious in nature, though they do cause some damage to the vehicles. Still, the wreck can cause some serious headaches for the people involved.

Where a car accident becomes much more emotionally complicated is when a driver is negligent or reckless. This occurs in many different contexts nowadays. A driver could be using his or her cellphone. A driver could be extremely angry and driving in an aggressive and dangerous manner. Or, as is the topic of our post today, a driver could be intoxicated by alcohol or drugs, and then go out and cause an accident that leaves the victim feeling as though their pain and suffering should never have happened in the first place.

Drunk driving accidents are far too numerous in this country, and according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly 10,500 people were killed in drunk driving accidents in 2016 (the exact number is 10,497). All of those lives should not have been lost. They are gone now because someone made a horrible, inexcusable decision to get behind the wheel of a car while their mental state was severely impaired.

Any car accident can be painful. But when drunk driving is involved, there is tangible outrage and a sense that the perpetrator must be held accountable.

Source: NHTSA, "Drunk Driving," Accessed Dec. 15, 2017

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