The numbers are staggering: 28, 21, 7, .232. Digits that now define a single accident, has the entire country reeling as they and those involved must now face the truth of the dangers of drunk driving. 28 people were injured, including 21 who needed to be hospitalized. The closest hospital’s trauma units were overwhelmed, and all told 7 different hospitals were needed to care for the wounded. The most staggering number of all, the driver of the pickup truck responsible for the carnage blew a .232 percent on the breathalyzer—three times the legal limit.
The extent to which the drunk driver lost control of the vehicle is astounding. The truck first struck two other vehicles before careening into the crowd at one of the city’s busiest Mardi Gras parades. Striking dozens of people was not enough to bring the vehicle to a stop.
Though incidents like this draw national attention to the drunk driving epidemic, there are thousands of smaller tragedies that occur every day across the country. Statistics are unbelievable, according to MADD:
- A drunk driving injury occurs every two minutes across the United States
- 2 out of every 3 people will be involved in a drunk driving-related accident at some point in their lifetime
- 27 people a day are killed by drunk drivers
These numbers are even greater than the numbers associated with the accident in New Orleans. Drunk driving is certainly less common than it was a generation ago, but too many people are still injured or killed by drunk drivers. In just a few minutes in New Orleans, those 28 people were injured and hundreds—if not thousands— more suffered psychological trauma due to the irresponsible and dangerous actions of one man.
If you or someone you love has been injured or killed by a drunk driver, it is important to hold the guilty party accountable for their actions. Though the legal system attempts to deter drunk driving through prison and financial penalties, these are not enough to keep many drunk drivers off the road. Holding them accountable through all legal means available to you is often your only option. Contact an experienced attorney to help you evaluate the merits of your case.