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Drunk driving deaths on the rise

Many can't wait for 2016 to end. Some cite the relentless election cycle that's finally run its course and others name the loss of beloved celebrities. For far too many, 2016 will be remembered by the loss of loved ones to fatal car crashes. 2016 goes on record as one of the worst years for drunken driving deaths, with nearly 28 drivers killed each day on US roads, CBS News reports.

2016 statistics

In September we discussed sobering statistics from the first half of the year, with Connecticut showing an especially alarming increase in traffic deaths. The CBS report further confirms a safety problem on our highways that includes drunk driving along with distract driving, driver fatigue and other causes.

Drunken driving deaths this year have topped 10,000 people and are at the highest rates in 50 years, despite numerous awareness captains to stop the dilemma.

Accident prevention

Research from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that drivers are at fault in 94 percent of car accidents. External factors like vehicle malfunctions and environmental forces make up only 6 percent of crashes. Some studies have the human error percentage even higher.

To protect lives on the road, it starts by reducing human error and practicing safe and defensive driving habits. Staying alert and focused on the road is step number one.

Avoiding scenarios that reduce awareness is key. Drunk driving is 100 percent avoidable, meaning that over 10,000 lives could have been saved this year.

Wrongful death and personal injury

Proving fault and liability in a car crash is never easy, but evidence that a driver was intoxicated increases the odds of fault significantly. Specialized personal injury attorneys can piece together an accident scene to prove liability and secure compensation for physical injuries, automobile damages, emotional suffering and wrongful death.

Will technology provide an answer?

Auto companies are exploring alcohol sensors and even driverless cars, suggesting a safer future on the highways, but none of these ideas have made it off the drawing board and onto the roads just yet.

Anyone who has been in an accident with a drunk driver should consult with an attorney to pick up the pieces and reconstruct the scene.

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