On the whole, people in the U.S. have become much more responsible about drinking and driving over the past couple of decades. Unfortunately though, we still have about 10,000 deaths from drunk driving crashes each year. This means a person is killed in a drunk-driving crash every 53 minutes. Buffalo has its share of drunk driving fatalities, some of which have received a lot of attention.
“The sad thing about these cases is that most were 100 percent preventable,” said Brian D. Knauth, lead attorney, personal injury department, Jeffrey Freedman Attorneys, PLLC. “It’s time we realized, as individuals, that even low levels of alcohol affect your ability to drive safely.”
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, in 2014 1,764 people were killed in accidents where the driver had less than .08 BAC (Blood Alcohol Concentration).
“Buzzed driving is still drunk driving. Even at .02 percent BAC, which is under the legal limit, you may have loss of judgment and your vision may be impaired. Any amount of alcohol can seriously affect your driving and the safety of others,” Knauth said. “One drink can be one drink too many.”
In 2015, the highest percentage of drivers involved in fatal crashes with BACs of .08 percent or higher, were age 21 to 24. Rather than take a chance, the best policy is to have a designated driver who does not drink at all when you are out with a group.
“Or take a taxi — since we don’t yet have Uber in Buffalo,” Knauth said. “If you do know someone who has been injured in a drunk driving accident, contact us for an evaluation of your case. Our firm has more than 35 years of experience in personal injury matters.”