How many drunk driving deaths happen in West Virginia?

Drunk or drugged drivers continue to be a problem that plagues residents in West Virginia, causing serious injuries or fatalities every year.

To many West Virginia residents, operating a vehicle after drinking alcohol or taking even some prescription drugs is something they simply wouldn't do. The facts are clear - doing so is very dangerous. Sadly, there continue to be too many other people who fail to heed the warnings and make the choice to drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The results are nothing short of tragic.

Examples easy to find in the news

Anyone who believes the war on impaired driving in West Virginia is won need only to scan news sources to be remembered that it is not. The Herald-Media Mail reported on an accident that took place in the summer of 2015 in which a 33-year-old woman struck a vehicle, killing the two women inside. The at-fault driver has since been charged with DUI resulting in death, leaving the scene of an accident and more. Only a few months later, she was involved in another drunk driving incident in Pennsylvania as well.

This spring, several family members were returning home from vacationing together when they were hit head-on by a man on Interstate 77. According to the Inquisitr, five children under the age of 10 and three adults were in the van that was struck. Two of the children and two of the adults died in the crash. The other adult and three children were all injured and taken to the hospital. The diver was charged with multiple counts of driving under the influence resulting in death and bodily injury.

More recently, WDBJ7 notes that Interstate 81 was the site of an accident that ended up involving 16 vehicles, including two semis. A 23-year-old driver believed to be impaired hit one of the semis which set off the massive crash. A 24-year-old man died in the wreck.

Statistics paint a bleak picture

In looking at records from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, it is clear that drunk driving risks remain an everyday reality in West Virginia. Between 2010 and 2014, 19 lives were lost at the hands of drunk drivers in Cabell County. In neighboring Wayne and Putnam Counties, 13 and 11 people died, respectively. Lincoln County recorded eight deaths in that time and Mason County another six.

Statewide, 2010 saw 87 drunk driving deaths following by an increase for two consecutive years to 93 and 94 fatalities in 2011 and 2012, respectively. In 2013, 91 people died and in 2014 another 84 people were killed.

Action must continue

With the continued loss of live due to negligent drivers, innocent victims and family members must remain committed to taking action when tragedy strikes. Contacting an attorney after a drunk driving crash is always recommended. It is one way of pursuing compensation and sending a much-needed message to people that drinking and driving is never a wise choice.

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