Louisiana DUI Accident Statistics
Drunk Driving is one of the leading causes of auto accidents in the United States. In 2014, according to figures released by Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 10,076 people died in drunk driving accidents – one every 52 minutes – and 290,000 were injured in drunk driving crashes.
If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of drunk or an impaired driver call the Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess today. Clay and his staff are experienced DUI accident lawyers, investigators, and paralegals who will help you through the process of getting you the compensation you deserve.
According to the Louisiana Department Of Transportation and Development (LaDOTD), 261 people died and 3391 were injured in 2014 as a result of drinking and driving. In Louisiana it is a crime to drive a vehicle with a blood content level of .08 or above. All 50 states have instituted a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) limit of .08 in regards to driving while intoxicated (DWI) charges, as well as a .04 limit for commercial vehicle drivers. Louisiana sets the BAC limit at .02 for underage drivers, with a level of .15 for aggravated charges, which may be accompanied by heavier penalties. Louisiana DWI laws also apply to drivers found to be under the influence of intoxicants other than alcohol, including hallucinogens or prescription drugs, with the charges and penalties the same as they are for alcohol. Unfortunately, many negligent or careless individuals continue to drive under the influence causing countless injuries and even death.
- According to the National Highway Traffice Safety Administration, drunk driving costs each adult in the United States almost $800 per year.
- In 2012, 29.1 million people, more than the population of Texas, admitted to driving under the influence of alcohol, according to Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and results from the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health.
- Everyday in America, 28 people die as a result of drunk driving crashes. -National Highway Traffic Safety Administration FARS data, 2014.
At the Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess, we aggressively pursue claims against drunk drivers responsible for serious injuries and death. Under Louisiana law, drunk driving victims are not limited to pursuing claims arising from the negligence of drunk drivers. They also have a right to sue for punitive damages designed to punish the drunk driver for willful and reckless conduct.If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver, call the experienced attorneys at The Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess.