December has officially been recognized as National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. This issue is an initiative across North Carolina and the country as a whole. Each year, approximately one death per hour occurs on the nation's roadways due to impaired driving. Although this number is smaller than in years past, it still accounts for more than 10,000 highway deaths each year.
Sadly, alcohol-related traffic accidents and deaths affect many more people than those involved in the actual incidents. Families, friends and loved ones who lose someone in a traffic accident will go on to face many years of pain, sometimes unable to ever move on or overcome the struggle of loss. As a result, the proclamation of National Impaired Driving Prevention Month is meant to call awareness to the victims of intoxicated driving as well as to bring concern to those who may consider driving while under the influence.
In 2012, 4.2 million adults admitted to driving under the influence in one month. In 2016 alone, tens of thousands of people in the United States died or suffered serious injuries due to vehicular accidents involving intoxicated driving. That year, 28 percent of all traffic fatalities were caused by intoxicated driving, but this number can be reduced with attention to National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. If someone plans to drink while out for the holidays, there needs to be a designated sober driver.
For those who have been directly affected as victims of an intoxicated driving accident, it's important to understand that legal representation is available. Victims of such car accidents may turn to an attorney. Such an attorney may offer options to seek restitution after an accident and offer support during a strenuous and difficult time of healing.