Posted October 12, 2016 | Car
Drunk driving is a preventable yet widespread source of car accidents in the United States. As a Philadelphia drunk driving accident lawyer, I have seen firsthand how Pennsylvanians are affected by this problem. There are plenty of statistics showing what a common and serious issue this is, with PennDOT attributing 345 fatalities to DUI crashes in 2015 alone. DUI accidents can occur anywhere at any time, but crash data shows that your risk of being hit by a drunk driver depends largely on where you live. In this article, I’ll take a look at recently published PennDOT data to reveal which Pennsylvania counties have the most auto accidents caused by intoxicated drivers. Hopefully, you won’t see your county anywhere near the top of the list.
PennDOT publishes annual reports containing facts and figures about car accidents throughout Pennsylvania. These reports create a detailed image of where, when, and why accidents occur, including accidents caused by intoxicated driving.
According to the 2015 PennDOT report, which is the most recent version available as of September 2016, there were 127,127 vehicular accidents in 2015. These accidents resulted in precisely 1,200 deaths, 345 of which resulted from crashes involving alcohol. In other words, alcohol was a cause or contributing factor in 28.75% of accident fatalities in Pennsylvania last year.
That number is disproportionately high to an extreme degree, because intoxicated drivers made up only 5% of all drivers who were involved in crashes (10,336 out of 207,013) – nowhere near close to 28.75%. The PennDOT report describes alcohol use, imprecisely but accurately, as a “big contributor” to deadly accidents.
More precise are PennDOT’s figures on where alcohol-related accident fatalities occurred. The data reveals that virtually every county in Pennsylvania reported at least one traffic accident death related to alcohol or driver intoxication, with only a handful of exceptions. At the opposite end of the spectrum, the county with the highest number of drunk driving-related fatalities reported well over two dozen deaths.
Every county in Pennsylvania is listed below, grouped according to the total number of drunk driving-related fatalities that occurred in 2015. The top 10 counties are ranked at the end of the list.
That leaves only the top 10 counties in Pennsylvania with the highest number of drunk driving fatalities. Where counties were tied in 2015, ranking was determined by each county’s total fatalities during 2014, which are noted on the list where applicable.
If you or one of your family members was hit by a drunk driver in Philadelphia County, Luzerne County, York County, or elsewhere in Pennsylvania, you may be able to get compensated for your medical bills and other losses. An experienced Philadelphia car accident injury lawyer like Brent Wieand can help.
To set up a free and confidential legal consultation with Brent, call the Wieand Law Firm, LLC at (877) 654-3887 as soon as possible. Though based in Philadelphia, Brent handles drunk driving injury claims throughout the state of Pennsylvania.
*Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes. It is not legal advice and should not be used as legal advice. The Wieand Law Firm, LLC is based in Philadelphia, PA, and proud to serve clients throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey.*