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Drunk driving deaths and their common causes

Drivers in Missouri should know that drunk driving deaths make up one third of all traffic-related deaths. In the U.S., it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or above. This legal limit, shared by Mexico and some other countries, is actually the highest in the world. It can impair a driver's judgment and reaction times, leading to accidents and fatalities.

Those who are at the highest risk for drunk driving deaths are drivers under 24, drivers who have been previously convicted of DUI and motorcyclists. Younger adults run a greater risk because they are relatively inexperienced drivers and because they tend to ride in groups, making them more prone to distractions.

Many drunk driving deaths are caused by head trauma; drivers may hit their head on the steering wheel or be struck by flying debris. They may also go into hypovolemic shock because of excessive blood loss and die if not treated immediately. They could suffer trauma to the internal organs, either blunt-force trauma or injuries caused by sharp objects like glass.

Authorities have striven to prevent drunk driving through serious penalties, sobriety checkpoints and public education. Individuals can do their part by keeping inebriated friends and family from getting behind the wheel.

When drunk drivers cause a car collision and injure others, those victims may be able to file a claim against the guilty party's auto insurance carrier. They may want to speak with a lawyer first to determine if their claim is valid. Once the victim is cleared of any contributory negligence, the lawyer might hire experts to investigate the accident and gather the necessary proof and paperwork. The lawyer may handle all negotiations on behalf of the client and litigate as a last resort.

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