In the past 20 years, more than 30 percent of all deaths in motor vehicle accidents have occurred in crashes involving at least one motorist who was intoxicated at the time of the fatal accident. Costs associated with drunk driving losses total around $60 billion annually when considering medical and legal expenses, wage loss, and lost productivity.
An Atlanta DUI accident lawyer at Sammons & Carpenter can help victims who got hurt in drunk driving crashes so they can pursue a claim for compensation. A driver who was drunk and who causes an accident must compensate victims for their injuries or compensate surviving family members of people killed in crashes. Far too many families end up facing the grief of a permanent injury or death due to a drunk driver, and Georgia laws aim to get these victims the money they need so they can try to pick up the pieces and move on.
One new proposal however, could perhaps put an end to virtually all drunk driving crashes not just in Atlanta but nationwide. According to Health Day, recent research printed in the American Journal of Public Health suggests that the best and most comprehensive solution to the problem of drunk driving accidents is to install ignition interlock devices in all vehicles.
Could Universal Ignition Interlock Devices Stop Drunk Driving Death?
The recent research was funded by the U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and it was conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan Injury Center in Ann Arbor.
The researchers believe that the installation of an ignition interlock device as a standard required feature in every new vehicle could have the potential to save as many as 59,000 lives and could prevent more than 1.25 million serious injuries.
An ignition interlock device is a device that a driver has to blow into before he can start the ignition on the car. If the driver blows into the device and his blood alcohol concentration exceeds the legal limit, the car does not start. A driver thus literally cannot drive drunk. Ignition interlock devices are already widely used; however, their use is restricted to certain drunk driving defendants who have already been convicted of impaired driving.
The new proposal described in Health Day would put the ignition interlock devices into every car. The researchers believe this would lead to anywhere from an 84 to 85 percent decline in non-fatal drunk driving collisions. The savings for the U.S. would total around $343 billion in lost wages, lost productivity, legal expenses, and other injury-related medical expenditures. This would more than offset the costs associated with making the devices standard in all cars.
Of course, there are valid reasons for objecting to an ignition interlock device in every car, including privacy fears. However, the research into how many lives would be saved is important work that could move the cause of universal ignition interlock devices forward.
Drivers, however, ultimately remain responsible for making their own choices regardless of what tech features are in their cars. Motorists who choose to drive drunk need to be held accountable and the Atlanta DUI accident lawyer at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. will work hard to make sure they cover losses they cause.
The Atlanta car accident lawyers at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. can represent you after an injury caused by a drunk driver. Call today at (404) 814-8949 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation.