Binge Drinking and Drunk Driving Crashes in Virginia | Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp

According to a recent study, published by in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, the state of Virginia is ranked as the 24th highest state for binge drinking. Data reveals that binge drinkers in the state engage in drinking excessively approximately 52 times every year. The state of Arkansas ranked at number one, while the state of Oregon had the lowest binge drinking rates in the country.

The study identified women who drink at least four drinks on a single occasion and men who drink five drinks on a single occasion as a binge drinker. Men were twice as more likely to be binge drinkers – 22 percent of men compared to 12 percent of women.

Drunk Driving Crashes

Virginia’s binge drinking statistics are alarming, especially when you realize that many of these individuals end up getting behind the wheel of a vehicle after consuming alcohol. More than 10,000 people are killed each year in drunk driving accidents, with thousands of more suffering serious injuries.




Many drunk driving accident victims often need costly medical treatment and lose time – and income – from work while they recover. Many victims end up with permanent disabilities that leave them unable to return to the profession they had before the crash or able to work at all.

Virginia law allows drunk driving accident victims to pursue damages against the drunk driver for all the losses their reckless behavior has caused. If you have been injured in an alcohol-related crash, a Virginia car accident attorney can explain what damages you may be entitled to.

Filing a Claim

The car accident victim’s attorney will usually file a personal injury claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company. In addition to the current medical expenses and lost wages, victims are also entitled to future medical bills and loss of future income if the crash has left the victim with permanent disabilities. The majority of drunk driving accident claims may also include damages for pain and suffering, disability, and loss of life enjoyment.

Tragically, many drunk driving accident victims do not survive these crashes and families are left without their loved one. In these cases, the family can file a wrongful death claim against the drunk driver. Families can pursue financial compensation for the medical bills incurred in an attempt to save the victim’s life, as well as funeral and burial expenses. A family can also be awarded damages for the loss of income, loss of benefits, and loss of companionship the victim’s death has caused.

Contact Shapiro & Appleton Today

Families who have lost loved ones in drunk driving crashes should consider contacting a Virginia wrongful death attorney to discuss what legal recourse they may have for their pain and loss.

Although nothing will ever make up for the death of a DUI accident victim, Virginia law allows families to seek justice in civil court under the wrongful death statute. This is separate from any criminal charges the driver may be facing.

Our law firm also offers a free wrongful death guide for families who have lost a loved one in an accident. The guide covers topics such as the statute of limitations for filing a wrongful death claim, what types of damages can be pursued, and who can be appointed as personal representative.