Roughly one-third of deaths related to drinking and driving

Nearly 11,000 people in 2017 and 2016 died from drunk driving, according to new data released this week by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

However, the number of deaths did dip in the right direction – dropping by 1.1% – after several years of steady increases, according to the report.

Unnecessary Deaths Still Occurring

That will be a small comfort to the people whose loved ones are injured or killed, said Brad Parker of Parker Law Firm in Bedford.

“The truth is that not even one person had to die from drunk driving,” he said. “When these people or families come into my office, I can see the pain in their eyes. It motivates me to do everything I can for them. It should motivate everyone.”

The Solution?

Parker Law Firm supports the Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving, coordinated by Mothers Against Drunk Driving. The plan outlines several steps to end drunk driving.

“One death is too many, but almost 11,000 lives lost, two years in a row, is devastating,” said Colleen Sheehey-Church, National President of MADD. “It’s unacceptable. We must double-down on preventing this violent crime with strong laws, diligent law enforcement and making sure we are taking personal responsibility in our own lives to always plan ahead for a non-drinking driver when plans include alcohol.”

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Brad Parker, auto accident injuries Lawyer

Protecting the rights of North Texas personal injury victims since 1985.