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How common are drunk driving accidents?

There is no question drunk driving incidents are dangerous, but you may wonder how common they are. During 2010, there were a total of 17,480 traffic accidents in Hillsborough County. A total of 1,976 of the car accidents in Hillsborough County were alcohol related. Though the number of traffic accidents is declining, of the total 21,722 traffic accidents in Hillsborough County during 2004, for example, 1,432 car accidents involved alcohol-related injuries.

The majority of car accidents in Hillsborough County are accounted for by the city of Tampa. The total number of car accidents in Tampa during 2009 was 6,788. Of those car accidents, alcohol was a factor in 480 accidents. Tampa registered at number 3 for the number of car accidents during 2009, having only fewer car accidents than 2 other Florida cities that year. Mothers Against Drunk Driving additionally that there were a total of 31,783 DUI arrests in Florida. Drunk driving accidents can have unexpected, immediate and devastating consequences on victims and their families.

Victims of drunk driving accidents can suffer serious and disabling injuries that can impact them for the rest of their lives. They may suffer medical expenses to treat their injuries, as well as lost wages because they are unable to work as a result of their injuries. In addition, the changes the drunk driving accident brings to their lives can cause them emotional harm all of which is why personal injury legal options are available to help obtain compensation for damages suffered such as medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering.

Legal options are available to protect victims of drunk driving accidents from the physical, financial and emotional harm of a drunk driving accident. Victims should be familiar with the resources available to help them when harmed by a negligent and drunk driver.

Source:, "Hillsborough County Car Accidents," Accessed April 24, 2017

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