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Connecticut drunk driving accident statistics an eye-opener

Statistics regarding drunk driving made public recently indicates a very disturbing picture regarding drunk driving accidents in Connecticut. The 2013 statistics documented that Connecticut is among the states with the highest rate of fatal drunk driving accidents. The state is also among the states with the lowest response rate when it comes to reporting DUI data. A drunk driving accident can have devastating consequences, and reporting data about such an accident can only be beneficial to road users.

According to the statistics, 41 percent of accidents in the state can be ascribed to alcohol impairment, 10 percent higher than the national average. Nationally, 71 percent of the results of the blood-alcohol concentration of drivers killed in accidents are reported, but Connecticut only reported 45 percent. This means that only 83 BAC test results were reported by authorities, even though 183 drivers died in accidents in the specified year.  Accurate reporting of these statistics is important for the relevant agencies to gauge the seriousness of the problem and take appropriate corrective measures.

According to Connecticut law, the blood of all drivers killed in a vehicle accidents must be tested by the office of the chief medical examiner. In case of accidents where someone else is killed, but the driver survives, the law allows for testing should the responding officer suspect that the driver is under the influence. In a state were 114 accidents out of 276 could possibly be attributed to the use of alcohol, accurate reporting may help address the problem. 

In Connecticut, seriously injured victims, as well as surviving families of fatal victims of a drunk driving accident, have the potential for legal redress in a civil courtroom. In such a claim, financial damages for personal injury or wrongful death may be awarded upon proper proof of negligence and documentation of financial losses. Should the claim be successful, the victims and their families may find that any money awarded could provide them with monetary relief as they struggle through an understandably difficult time.     

Source:, "State Second-Lowest Nationally In Reporting Drunk Driving Data", Lisa Chedekel, Nov. 25, 2015

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