Drunk driving accidents are a problem in every state in the country. Unfortunately, however, they are a greater problem in North Carolina than in other parts of the nation. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, deaths from drunk driving accidents in North Carolina exceed national averages for the rest of the United States.
Based on data analyzed by the CDC, more than 4,100 people died in drunk driving accidents in North Carolina between 2003 and 2012. Among victims between the ages of 21 and 34, North Carolina experienced a rate of death of 8.0 per 100,000 versus a rate of death of 6.7 per 100,000 for the national average. Among all ages, North Carolina victims experienced a rate of death of 4.2 per 100,000 compared to a national average of 3.3 per 100,000.
North Carolina men are more likely to perish in drunk driving accidents than men in other parts of the country. In 2012, the rate of death among males in North Carolina in 2012 was 6.8 per 100,000 versus 5.2 per 100,000 for the national average. North Carolina women also experience a higher rate of death from drunk driving incidents than the average of women from all states.
These statistics demonstrate the very real and very dangerous problem of drunk drivers on the state's roads and highways. Each day Charlotte residents become victims of car accidents and vehicle collisions, some of which are caused by reckless drunk drivers. Those who escape their accidents with only injuries often have rights to sue for their accident-related losses; for the unfortunate many who die in drunk driving accidents, their relatives may be able to pursue wrongful death claims after the loss of their loved ones.