Washington State Drunk Driving StatisticsDrivers who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol are much more likely to cause an accident. Drunk drivers show delayed reactions, impaired skills, difficulties focusing, and a proclivity for making poor decisions. Washington State has strict laws in place to deter drunk drivers, and the number of driving under the influence (DUI) accidents has decreased in recent years.
According to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, the number of DUI fatalities in Washington has decreased from 301 in the year 2006 to 230 in 2010. The number of serious injuries suffered in Washington DUI accidents has decreased in recent years as well. In the year 2006, 631 serious injuries were suffered in Washington DUI accidents and 468 people were seriously injured in the year 2010.
According to the Washington State Impaired Driving-Involved Traffic Deaths, 2006-2010 report:
- The summer months of July, August, and June, in that order, are the most common months for fatal DUI accidents.
- Sunday and Saturday are the most common days of the week for fatal DUI collisions in Washington.
- The late night, early morning hours between midnight and 2:59 a.m. are when the most alcohol-related fatal collisions happen.
- Men are far more likely to be involved in a fatal DUI crash than women and the most common age of impaired drivers is between 21 and 25.
If you have suffered a loss in a Washington State DUI accident, you can pursue financial compensation for your loss. Drunk drivers, in addition to facing criminal charges, can be held accountable for medical bills, lost wages, hospitalization fees, and other related damages. The Seattle car accident lawyers at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S., know how to hold negligent drivers accountable for their actions. We provide free consultations at (888) 228-3860 to anyone who has suffered a loss in a DUI crash.