The probability that a driver will be involved in a fatal car accident significantly increases when a driver’s BAC is 0.05% or more and increases even more dramatically with a BAC of 0.08% or above. Washington state, along with all the other states, have defined driving under the influence (DUI) as 0.08% BAC or more. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) estimates that 8,104 deaths would have been prevented if the motorist had a BAC of under 0.08% in 2008.
Over the past 25 years, the number of car accident fatalities involving drunken drivers has decreased by 37 percent according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration data. Studies also show that there has also been a decrease in driving among people who are “hard-core” drinkers, those with a BAC of 0.15% or more.
The U.S. Department of Transportation Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) provides the following facts about drunk drivers who were killed in motor vehicle accidents in 2008:
- About one third of all drivers killed in a car accident had a BAC of 0.08% or above.
- Truck drivers had the lowest proportion of BAC at or above 0.08% of all drivers
- 38% of pedestrians killed, ages 16 and over, had a BAC of 0.08% or more.
- 30% of all fatal motorcycle accidents involved a rider with a BAC of greater than 0.08%.
- The rate of drinking and driving among passenger vehicle drivers declined over previous years and approximately 11% fewer drivers who were killed had a BAC of 0.08% or more.
- Among fatally injured passenger vehicle drivers, 31 percent of males and 15 percent of females had BACs at or above 0.15 percent which is almost twice the legal limit.
Click here to look at the IIHS analysis of the Department of Transportation’s FARS data.
This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in car accidents caused by drunken drivers. With our help, you may recover compensation for your damages, including pain and suffering.