Driving drunk is something that nobody should ever do. Sadly, some people think that they can drive drunk without anything happening. This leads to drunk driving accidents that can cause injuries or even deaths. People in Virginia seem to fare a little better than the country as a whole when it comes to fatal drunk driving accidents. The state has a lower fatality rate for these accidents than the national rate.
Overall, the nation has a fatality rate of 3.3 people per 100,000 when it comes to drunk driving accidents. Virginia's death rate is 2.5 people per 100,000.
Males are at a greater risk of being killed in a drunk driving accident than females. Nationally, the death rate for males is 5.2. It is 4.1 in this state. Females have a national death rate of 1.5, but a death rate of only .9 in Virginia.
If you break down the deaths by age, people who are 21 to 34 have the greatest risk of death from a drunk driving accident. The national death rate for this age group is 6.7. In Virginia, it is 4.5. People who are younger than that have a death rate of 1.3 nationally or 1.2 in Virginia. People who are older have a death rate of 3.1 nationally and 2.5 in Virginia.
If you lose a loved one to a drunk driving accident this holiday season, you might opt to seek compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit. This could help you to recoup the money you had to spend on final expenses for your loved one. It can also show the drunk driver that his or her actions weren't appropriate.
Source: United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Sobering Facts: Drunk Driving in Virginia," accessed Dec. 30, 2016