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Drunk driving: Drivers know better but still do it

Of all the things that drivers know they shouldn't do, driving drunk is probably the most prominent. People know that driving while intoxicated is a serious threat to themselves and to others.

The website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that approximately 10,497 people were killed in alcohol-related crashes in 2015. That's around 28 percent of all motor-vehicle fatalities reported that year. Around 1.5 million people are arrested for drinking and driving or using drugs and driving while impaired each year, which is a serious problem for others who are trying to be safe on the roads.

What should you do if you're hit by a drunk driver?

At the scene, it's important to call the police. Even if you're only suffering from a minor injury, the other person's actions need to be addressed. They should be held accountable for any care you need as well as the damage that has been done to your vehicle. You'll want to file a claim against their insurance, too, which might be difficult if they're too intoxicated to get you that information. That's another great reason to call 911 as soon as you can and to make sure the police arrive to handle the situation.

Go to the hospital following any accident you're involved in. It's your right to seek medical care, and you should go to make sure there are no injuries you've suffered that you're not aware of. An early diagnosis can often help you get on the road to recovery faster than if you wait until pain and other symptoms arise.

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