When you lose a loved one due to someone else’s negligent actions, it’s difficult to understand what comes next. Unfortunately, some causes are more prevalent than others, despite many individuals recognizing the dangerous involved.
Because we know how devastating this situation can be, we work closely in support of Mothers Against Drunk Driving and various other resources to bring awareness regarding the dangers associated with drunk driving and drowning accidents. These are two of the biggest causes of wrongful deaths, and we’re here to provide you valuable information moving forward.
Drunk Driving and MADD
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is an organization that works to bring awareness and support to those affected by drunk driving. They tell the tale regarding the severity of drunk driving on the road and just how severe they can be. The stats are alarming, and this is a matter that should be taken seriously.
- Drunk driving is more likely to cause fatal collisions at night than during the day (37% to 9%).
- Of all fatal accidents in the state of Georgia, roughly 30% involve intoxicated drivers.
- Drunk driving leads to roughly 300,000 accidents each day, 290,000 injuries a year, and 10,265 deaths a year nationwide.
Drowning Accidents: The Numbers
In 2016, roughly 320,000 people suffered fatal injuries because of drowning accidents worldwide. It’s a problem that puts it near the top of the list regarding the leading causes of unintentional injury deaths in the world. With summer approaching, it’s important to understand risk factors and signs of drowning.
Risk factors include:
- Age: Most drowning accidents occur in children between the ages 1 and 4, then 5 and 9.
- Gender: Males have two times the mortality rate of females in drowning accidents.
- Access to water: Certain occupations or children living near open water are most at risk.
- Impairment: Someone who is impaired by alcohol or drugs is more likely to drown than others who are of sound mind.
Signs of drowning include:
- Head below the water with mouth at water level
- Head tilted back with mouth open for air
- Open eyes with signs of fear
- Gasping for air
- Attempts to swim going nowhere
- Uncontrollable body movement
Our Atlanta wrongful death lawyers at Goldstein Hayes & Lina, LLC are committed to helping your family understand your rights. We’ll work to go above and beyond during this very challenging time to safeguard your best interests.
Call our firm today at (888) 425-6070 to learn your rights.