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Drunk driving continues to plague Missouri

If you are like many people who live in Missouri, you find it hard to understand why you keep hearing or reading about motor vehicle accidents caused by drunk drivers. Public awareness and education about the dangers of driving and drinking have been actively held for decades now yet too many negligent drivers continue to ignore the warnings, putting innocent people in harm's way for no good reason.

In looking at records from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the number of people killed in drunk driving accidents in Missouri has risen every year from 2014 to 2017. In 2014, there were 205 fatalities in wrecks associated with alcohol. That number rose to 221 in 2015 and then to 247 in 2016. Last year, in 2017, another 254 people lost their lives at the hands of drunk drivers.

Drunk driving deaths in Missouri in 2017 represented 27 percent of all vehicular fatalities. That represented a higher percentage than the previous two years when intoxicated driver claimed the life of 26 percent and 25 percent of all people killed in car accidents in 2016 and 2015, respectively. This is somewhat lower than in 2013 when drunk drivers were involved in 32 percent of all accident deaths, yet it nonetheless remains a very high percentage of fatalities that need not occur if people would only make a responsible choice. 

If you would like to learn more about how you or a loved one might get help after an accident caused by a drunk driver, please feel free to visit the impaired driving crash compensation page of our Missouri personal injury website.

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