McHenry County Drunk Driving Accidents

Drunk driving (and other alcohol-impaired driving) continues to be highly problematical, as seen in statistics for McHenry County as well as various state of Illinois and national statistics.

As seen in the McHenry County Summary Crash Report for 2012, McHenry County had 189 alcohol impaired crashes in the year 2012, in which there were three fatalities and 84 people injured.  Additionally, there were 33 crashes in which drivers “had been drinking.” Driving while “drug impaired” is also seen as a problem, with 28 crashes involving drivers who were “drug impaired.”

In the State of Illinois, alcohol-impaired driving statistics indicate problematical conditions as well.  Various statistics regarding alcohol-related fatal crashes are presented in the “2012 Illinois Crash Facts and Statistics.” (pdf)

One statistic seen in the report:

956 persons were killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2012. 35.7 percent of these fatalities were alcohol-related…

Other Illinois drunk driving statistics are shown in the report, such as the fatal alcohol-related crash statistics noted by time of day and day of the week.

From a national perspective, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), in its “Impaired Driving” document, indicates that “Every day, almost 30 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver.”

Additionally, the CDC document quotes statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

In 2012, 10,322 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes, accounting for nearly one-third (31%) of all traffic-related deaths in the United States.1

as well:

In 2010, over 1.4 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics.3 That’s one percent of the 112 million self-reported episodes of alcohol-impaired driving among U.S. adults each year.4

The CDC document mentioned above also identifies three groups that are most at risk for driving while intoxicated.  These three groups are:

  • Young people
  • Motorcyclists
  • Drivers with prior driving while impaired (DWI) convictions

Statistics and commentary regarding these groups is provided.  Of particular note is a comment made with regard to motorcycle fatalities tied to riding while intoxicated:

Among motorcyclists killed in fatal crashes in 2012, 29% had BACs of 0.08% or greater

This CDC document also provides recommendations regarding preventative measures that can be taken to avoid driving after drinking.

As well, in a separate CDC document, titled “Effects Of Blood Alcohol Concentration,” the effects of various levels of blood alcohol concentration (BAC) are listed, both with regard to the physical impact as well as the impact on a person’s ability to drive.  For instance, for a BAC of .15% the effect on driving is listed as:

Substantial impairment in vehicle control, attention to driving task, and in necessary visual and auditory information processing

If you or someone that you care for are involved in an accident involving the dangerous and negligent act of someone who drives while drunk, call the Chicago personal injury lawyers at the Elman Joseph Law Group for a free case evaluation at (773) 392-8182.  This consultation is free…in fact, Elman Joseph Law Group handles personal injury cases on a “contingency basis,” meaning that clients pay no legal fees unless and until they receive compensation.