What Are the Deadliest North Carolina Cities for DUI Accidents?

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When you enter your vehicle to embark on a journey down North Carolina’s beautiful roadways, you should not have to think about other people choosing to drive irresponsibly. Unfortunately, many people tend to drive distracted or otherwise impaired, and they cause collisions with other vehicles every day.

The reality is that drunk drivers are probably the most dangerous people on the roads.

The deadliest city in North Carolina for accidents caused by drivers who choose to drive while intoxicated is Charlotte. The city had 49 alcohol-related fatalities in 2020 and 780 crashes with 699 injuries.

Our city of Raleigh had 446 crashes with 293 injuries and, thankfully, only three fatalities, but that is still three too many. Greensboro had 16 fatalities and 302 injuries from 349 alcohol-related accidents, while Durham had 12 fatalities and 149 injuries from 226 alcohol-related collisions.

A drunk driver at night with both hands off the wheel, one holding a bottle and the other rubbing his eyes.

Interestingly, the percentage of accidents involving alcohol does not correspond to the number of people living in the area. Although the cities with higher populations have more crashes, the cities with the highest percentage of accidents in 2020 are as follows:

1) 6.16% Waynesville

2) 6.06% Laurinburg

3) 5.63% Summerfield

4) 5.24% Statesville

5) 5.04% Carrboro

These cities are the most dangerous in terms of the highest likelihood of getting into an accident with a North Carolina driver under the influence.

What Time Are Most Drunk Drivers On the Road?

The likelihood of getting involved in an accident is higher when there are more vehicles on the road and during less-than-optimal driving conditions, but it skyrockets when the number of drunk drivers on the roads increases.

Research shows that accidents caused by drunk drivers increase in number during the summer and on holidays. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, 31% of fatal drunk-driving accidents occur on the weekend.

The time with the highest number of drunk drivers on the road is between midnight and 3 a.m.  Crash fatalities are also four times more likely to happen at night than during the day.

Drunk Driving Makes Holidays Deadly

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an average of 37 people are killed every day by drunk driving. This number jumps up to 45 during the Christmas season and jumps up again to 54 over the New Year’s holiday.

The Fourth of July holiday is considered to be the deadliest day of the year and averages about 144 alcohol-related traffic fatalities every year.

Summer Season Drunk Driving

Summer brings warmer weather and the best overall driving conditions with high visibility, long daylight hours, and dry roads. Tragically, these optimal conditions also cause an increased number of vehicles to use the roads, including holiday travelers unfamiliar with the roadways and also drivers impaired by alcohol.

This combination leads to nearly double the number of traffic fatalities during the summer season than during the rest of the year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Summer Vacation and Underage Drunk Driving

The time between Memorial Day and Labor Day is known as The One Hundred Deadliest Days for teen drivers. These young drivers are more likely to consume alcohol and drive during their summer vacation from school.

National Drunk Driving Statistics

In 2019, there were 10,142 deaths from drunk driving crashes in the U.S., according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). That means that drunk driving caused 28% of all traffic fatalities for the year.

North Carolina Driving While Intoxicated Statistics

Driving is a dangerous activity, and North Carolina’s roads offer no exception to this fact.

Drunk drivers only serve to compound the danger, and even after great efforts by the government, surviving victims of drunk driving collisions, and family members who have lost loved ones due to drunk drivers, people are still choosing to drink and drive.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) Crash Facts report provides an accurate description of exactly how dangerous North Carolina’s roads are and how greatly impaired driving contributes to the peril.

In 2020, there were 412 people killed in alcohol-related traffic accidents in North Carolina. There were 11,475 reported crashes, and 7,426 of those crashes involved injuries. To compare, there were 1,658 people killed, 247,214 reported accidents, and 69,001 crashes with injuries in the entire United States.

This data shows that drunk driving only represents 4.6% of all crashes, yet 24.8% of all traffic fatalities, proving that accidents caused by drunk drivers are more severe than accidents caused by sober drivers.

Victims of collisions caused by intoxicated drivers are six times more likely to die than victims of collisions with sober drivers in North Carolina. Yet, even with these statistics being released to the public, people are still choosing to drink and drive.

In North Carolina in 2020, there were 44,128 traffic accidents caused by distracted driving, and 157 people died in these crashes. Drunk drivers caused almost a quarter as many collisions, yet 412 people died in them that year. That is over 250% more.

North Carolina’s Most Dangerous Counties From Drunk Drivers

Logically, the counties with the higher populations also have the highest number of people driving while under the influence of alcohol and causing traffic accidents.

The Top 3 Counties in North Carolina for Car Accidents Caused By Drunk Driving in 2020 Are:

1) Wake County with 949 crashes

2) Mecklenburg with 901 crashes

3) Guilford with 602 crashes

The 3 Counties With the Highest Drunk Driving-Related Car Accidents with Injuries in 2020 in North Carolina Are:

1) Mecklenburg with 452 injury crashes

2) Wake with 422 injury crashes

3) Guilford with 307 injury crashes

The North Carolina Counties With the Highest Number of Drunk Driving-Related Fatalities in 2020 Are:

1) Mecklenburg with 53 fatal crashes

2) Guilford with 25 fatal crashes

3) Wake with 21 fatal crashes

Allegheny County only had five reported traffic accidents that were alcohol-related in 2020, and there were only two injuries and no deaths as a result. There are only about 11,000 people living in this county.

To put the statistics into perspective, in North Carolina, someone died every 21.2 hours from a drunk driver causing an accident. Every 71 minutes, there was an accident involving an injury caused by a driver under the influence of alcohol in 2020.

If You Have Been Injured in an Accident With a Drunk Driver, Contact the Heavy Hitters

The team of attorneys at Tatum & Atkinson: The Heavy Hitters knows how dangerous drunk drivers are and how much damage they cause in North Carolina every year.

If you or someone you care about has been injured in a collision caused by a drunk driver, call us at (800) LAW-0804 for a free consultation.

We will make sure you get the compensation you deserve.

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