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How Serious Is the Problem of Drunk Driving in Missouri and Kansas?

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If you obey the law and don't drive after consuming alcohol, you may not realize the risk you and your family face from drunk drivers.

Unfortunately, intoxicated motorists cause accident victims in Kansas and Missouri to suffer catastrophic injuries or death.

How Bad Is the Problem of Drunk Driving Accidents?

drunk_drivingWhile there have been many public service campaigns to warn people of the real dangers of drinking and driving, too many people still make the wrong choice.

In Missouri and Kansas, people have reasons to be concerned. Here are some recent statistics at press time:

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 10,497 people were killed in drunk driving accidents in 2016—resulting in 28 percent of all fatalities in collisions.
  • Further, 17 percent of children between 0–14 who died in car crashes were killed by intoxicated drivers in 2016.
  • According to MADD, in Missouri, 244 victims—or 26 percent of all fatalities—are killed in drunk driving crashes annually.
  • The Kansas Department of Transportation indicated 85 victims were killed and 1,162 were injured due to alcohol-related collisions in the state in 2016.
  • In Missouri, eight people died due to alcohol or other drug intoxication in Kansas City and one person was killed in Lees Summit in 2016.
  • In Kansas, there were 108 alcohol-related accidents in Kansas City and 161 in Overland Park in 2016.

Who presents the greatest risk of causing a drunk driving accident? According to the CDC, younger drivers are more prone than older ones. Data from 2016 reveals of all drivers with a blood alcohol content (BAC) level of 0.08 percent or higher involved in accidents causing fatalities, three out of 10 were between the ages of 25 and 34.

How Does Alcohol Affect Driving Abilities?

Driving after consuming alcohol can reduce a person’s driving skills in key ways that are necessary to anticipate dangerous situations and avoid causing an accident. At a BAC level of just 0.02 percent, abilities are already impaired.

Some of the negative ways alcohol affects vehicle operation include:

  • Vision
  • Judgment
  • Problems with concentration and memory
  • Reaction time
  • Drowsiness
  • Ability to evaluate distances

Were you or a loved one the victim of a drunk driving accident in Kansas or Missouri? Our experienced car accident attorneys are here to help you hold the drunk driver accountable for compensating you for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Contact us online or call us directly at 816.471.5111 to schedule your complimentary initial consultation today.


James Roswold
James Roswold is a Kansas & Missouri personal injury, workers comp, and medical malpractice attorney.
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