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31 percent of 2011 traffic fatalities were tied to drunk driving

According to data from Mothers Against Drunk Driving, 31 percent of 2011 traffic fatalities in the United States were related to drunk driving. The state of Alaska came in under that rate, with only 28 percent of traffic deaths related to drunk driving -- however, from 2010 to 2011, the number of traffic fatalities related to drunk driving increased.

Drunk driving accidents may never fall to the backburner in terms of national prominence. But recently, texting while driving has taken pole position as the most controversial driving-related topic. States are ramping up to stamp out this behavior. What that means is it is as important as ever for drunk driving accident victims to be aware of what kind of options they have in the wake of their terrible ordeal.

Numerous financial elements will come into play for the negligent drunk driver after an accident. They will have fines to pay; their insurance rates will take an astronomical jump; and they will likely have a civil lawsuit hanging over their head.

Drunk driving accidents usually deal severe injuries to victims. The intoxicated driver is not very aware of his or her own actions, causing swerving, speeding and erratic driving. In addition, since the drivers are desensitized, drunk driving accidents often occur at dangerous speeds because the drunk driver is unable to apply the brakes in time. This leads to serious injuries, and the victims deserve to be compensated for such harm so that they can pay for medical bills and earn other damages to make up for lost time at work and pain and suffering.

Source: DailyFinance, "Driving Drunk: One of the Most Expensive Mistakes You Can Make," Bruce Watson, March 19, 2013

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