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Americans Bear the Burden of the Financial Cost of Drunk Driving

By September 18, 2012Personal Injury

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 28 people die every day as a result of drunk driving crashes. This staggering number means that most of us understand and sometimes sadly know first hand, the human costs of drunk driving. Many people however, do not realize the financial costs of drunk driving.

MADD reports that drunk driving costs Americans $132 billion each year, a cost of nearly $500 for each adult in the United States. These costs, paid by federal, state and local government, include expenses related to injuries, insurance premiums and expenses, and lost work for employees and their benefit-eligible dependants. With these statistics, and considering 1 out of every 3 Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related car accident in their lifetime, we all have an interest in fighting against drunk driving. Take time to educate ourselves, and our children, about making good decisions and staying safe behind the wheel.