Drunk driving still remains a major problem on America's roadways

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Even though drivers in Texas and elsewhere are all taught the dangers of drunk driving, more than 10,000 car accident fatalities in 2018 had drunk driving as a major factor in the accident. While the U.S. House of Representatives met in March to discuss the issue, which has been an ongoing crisis for decades, the hearing was sparsely attended by the media.

Joining the panel of witnesses was Helen Witty, the national president of Mothers Against Drunk Driving. She told her story of the death of her 16-year-old daughter, who was skating on a bike path near her home when she was hit by a teen driver. The driver had been under the influence of alcohol and marijuana. Witty's daughter was just one person who died that day as a result of drunk driving: On average, 100 people each day die in car accidents throughout the country. Of these accidents, alcohol is one of the leading factors in addition to speeding and not wearing a seat belt.

Automakers are working with legislators to help combat this crisis. Advanced driver assistance systems and other technology, such as crash-avoidance features, can reduce non-impaired collisions. As automakers move closer to self-driving technology, the number of accidents involving alcohol should be reduced.

Until fully autonomous vehicles finally hit the nation's roadways, impaired driving will remain a major problem that could result in a serious or even fatal crash. If a person is seriously injured in a car accident involving a drunk driver, a personal injury lawyer may assist filing a lawsuit against the driver. Depending on the evidence obtained at the scene of the crash, a case might be made to recover a variety of damages, including medical costs, lost income, damage to property and even pain and suffering if the injuries are particularly severe or impacted the person's quality of life.

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