According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 48 percent of all highway fatalities across the nation on Halloween night in 2009 involved a driver or a motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher. Across an entire year, more than 11,000 people are killed in drunk driving accidents in the United States.
In Virginia, six people lost their lives in fatal traffic crashes during the 2009 and 2010 Halloween holiday weekends. Alcohol was a factor in four of those crashes. As experienced Virginia accident injury attorneys, my colleagues are alarmed by these statistics.
The consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol can be serious both for drivers and victims. In September 2011, I reported on a man from Virginia Beach who killed a couple while driving drunk, ended up in jail and on the wrong end of a $200,000 civil lawsuit. In another recent case handled by our law firm, our clients were passengers in a vehicle rear-ended by a drunk driver. We helped the victims receive a total of $110,000 in settlements.