Drunk driving is among the most notorious (and certainly the most avoidable and most unnecessary) of all motor vehicle accidents. Everyone loses when it comes to impaired driving; everyone that is, except for the lawyers who get paid to defend drunk drivers. Drunk driving accidents are responsible for horrendous losses each year, both in terms of human suffering, the number of lives lost or irrevocably altered and property damaged or destroyed.
Car accidents are bad enough; there’s just no acceptable excuse for impaired driving or driving drunk. The harshest truth of all is that DUI accidents are preventable. So in a sense, they’re not really “accidents” at all but instead, specific, intentional acts. In other words, every time someone who knew they had been drinking made the conscious, intentional decision to get behind the wheel and drive.
Drunk Driving Deaths
Between 1982 and 2007, 510,131 people have died in alcohol related motor vehicle accidents; that is more than a half million people whose deaths were completely unnecessary up to tally preventable.
While the total number of vehicle accidents remained fairly constant year to year, the percentage of drunk driving deaths have dropped significantly; from 60% in 1982 to 37% in 2007. Still, more must be done.
Of course, these numbers do not reflect the millions of other people and families who have been injured, disabled, suffered property damage, trauma or whose lives have been impacted by a drunk driver.
The Growing Need For Lawsuit Funding
Unfortunately, the legal process in the United States unintentionally victimizes personal injury accident victims, drunk driving victims and their families all over again. Through no fault of their own, and with no warning, these people or one or more or their family members – often the breadwinners, have been injured or killed by a drunk driver.
This incredibly traumatic event, often combined with loss of income, extensive medical bills, permanent disabilities, lengthy recovery, funeral expenses, vehicle replacement costs, etc., can thrust the victim and/or family into a financial free-fall until such time that the victim’s family receives an insurance settlement; if there is one. But in the meantime, they’re left to fend for themselves. This is where lawsuit funding or a settlement cash advance can really help drunk driving victims regain control of their lives and their finances.
US Drunk Driving Statistics
There were 788,864 DUI arrests (those are just the ones who got caught) in the US and 15,387 alcohol-related fatalities in 2007; nearly 40% of all fatal vehicle accidents each year are alcohol-related. What’s more, FBI statistics show an alarming new trend; DUI arrests for women have actually increased by nearly 30% over the 10-year period from 1998 to 2007. During the same period, DUI arrests for men decreased by 7.5%.
- Someone dies in an alcohol-related motor vehicle accident every 40 minutes
- Someone is injured every 2 minutes in an alcohol-related accident
- Drunk driving is the leading criminal cause of death in the United States
- Over 40% of all motor vehicle fatalities are alcohol-related
- Frequent drunk drivers cause almost 60% of alcohol-related fatalities
- In 2007, the 16-20 age bracket caused 1,719 drunk driving accidents
- 38% of all Christmas car accident deaths and 54% of all New Year’s car accident deaths are alcohol-related
- 17% of drunk drivers injured in car accidents are charged and convicted, 11% are charged and not convicted; 72% are never charged
- Drunk driving accidents cost the public around $114.3 billion a year
- One-third of people arrested for drunk driving are repeat offenders
Fast, affordable, risk-free lawsuit pre settlement funding (also know as pre settlement cash advances, lawsuit loans*, a lawsuit cash advance or a settlement advance) is not really a loan at all; they are non-recourse cash advances based on, and secured by, the successful outcome of your personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. They are available from $500 up to $500,000 or more, often in as little as 48 hours with your attorney’s cooperation. Since they are based on the merit of your case, bad credit is irrelevant. Plus you’ll make no monthly payments and the advance only gets paid off when your case is resolved successfully.
TriMark Legal Funding LLC is one of the leading and most highly respected settlement funding and law firm financing providers in the United States. We can offer plaintiff funding in as little as 24 to 48 hours with your attorney’s cooperation.
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