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Are drunk drivers common in Missouri?

On Behalf of | Sep 26, 2021 | Personal Injury |

The average driver in Missouri understands just how important it is to take driving seriously. Unfortunately, not everyone acknowledges just how dangerous certain behaviors behind the wheel can be. For example, drunk drivers put themselves and everyone else on the road at risk for serious injury or even death. 

Looking at DUI arrests 

According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — the CDC — 37,000 people are killed in car accidents every year. Many of those deaths are the result of drunk driving. A recent study tried to narrow down which states were the most dangerous to drive in based on drunk drivers, and looked at: 

  • Statistics collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration  
  • Arrests per 1,000 drivers 
  • Deaths per every 100 million miles driven 

According to this information, Missouri ranks at number 24. For every 1,000 drivers in the state, there are an average of 3.33 DUI arrests. However, researchers pointed out that while the state’s arrest rate averages somewhere in the middle, it actually has slightly more deaths than average at 1.11 fatalities for every 100 million driven miles. 

Driving is unavoidable for most people, as getting to work, dropping off kids at school and even picking up groceries often require a vehicle. This means that completely avoiding drunk drivers might be virtually impossible for a large number of people. Families who have unexpectedly lost loved ones to drunk drivers understand just how devastating this experience can be, as well as how important it is to get help through the process. For many families, this involves holding negligent drivers responsible for their actions through wrongful death claims.