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When your life is turned upside down after a drunk driving accident

Everyone knows that it's not only dangerous to get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle after drinking alcohol, but it's also illegal. Despite these facts, every year an unknown yet significant number of drivers choose to drink and drive. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, during 2014 alone, 9,967 people in the U.S. were killed in drunk driving-related motor vehicle accidents; a number that equated to 31 percent of traffic fatalities for that year. In addition to these fatalities, thousands of other drivers, passengers, pedestrians and bicyclists also suffered debilitating injuries due to the negligent acts of drunk drivers.

The CDC estimates that the annual economic impact of alcohol-related motor vehicles accidents tops $44 billion. Even greater, however, are the costs and losses suffered by the individuals who are injured and the families who are left to grapple with the loss of loved ones.

Drunk driving continues to be a major public safety problem in Massachusetts and, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, ranks third in the nation for having the highest number of drunk driving fatalities. From 2003 to 2012, 1,370 people were killed in alcohol-related accidents throughout the state.

In cases where an individual is injured or suffers the loss of a loved one in a motor vehicle accident in which one or more of the involved drivers was drunk, it's important to explore possible legal remedies. Damages awarded via a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit can help lessen financial burdens associated with medical bills, lost wages, disability, loss of income and funeral expenses.

Source: CDC, "Impaired Driving: Get the Facts," April 1, 2016

CDC, "Sobering Facts: Drunk Driving in Massachusetts," April 1, 2016

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