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Drunk driving facts and information

Drunk driving has changed over the years, in New Jersey and in the United States as a whole. The following facts can help shed some light on trends and key statistics, painting a picture of the current DUI landscape.

1. About a third of all traffic deaths in the U.S. come from drunk driving accidents.

2. Roughly 30 percent of all Americans will find themselves in DUI accidents; this doesn't mean they'll always be the ones under the influence, though, as this stat also considers passengers and other drivers who are hit.

3. When a person stops drinking, if he or she has a Blood Alcohol Concentration of 0.08 -- the legal limit to drive -- it can take six hours for that alcohol to entirely pass from the body. This is why those who are over the limit and drive the next morning, after a short night of sleep, are sometimes still arrested for drunk driving.

4. Driving ability can be impacted when a person's BAC hits just 0.02. For some people, this could be done just by having one drink, and he or she would still be below the legal limit, despite the change in ability.

5. A study done back in 2007 found that over 50 percent of the drunk drivers who were in some way involved in deadly accidents had BAC levels of at least 0.15 percent, which is almost double the legal limit.

Have you been hurt in a drunk driving accident, or has a loved one been seriously injured or killed? If so, it is wise to look into all of your options for financial compensation.

Source: Random Histroy, "34 Random Facts About . . . Drunk Driving," accessed July 14, 2016

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