If you are like most people in Oregon, you know how hard advocacy groups and others work to communicate the dangers associated with drunk driving.

From ridesharing to naming a designated driver, people have options to avoid driving a vehicle after they have consumed alcohol. Unfortunately, too many people refuse to take advantage of these options, choosing instead to put others in harm’s way for no good reason.

Oregon drunk driving deaths

2014 records from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that drunk driving fatalities in Oregon represented 28% of the state’s total vehicular deaths for that year, which is slightly lower than the national average of 30%. In the subsequent four years, the national average declined to 29% each year but climbed in Oregon to anywhere between 30% and 35%, highlighting a dangerous trend.

Impaired driving fatalities in and around Linn County

In Linn County, 21 people were killed at the hands of drunk drivers in the five years spanning 2014 through 2018. Lane, Marion and Deschutes Counties experienced even more deaths with 68, 57 and 21 people, respectively, dying in impaired driving crashes in those same five years. Polk County was the location of 19 deaths and Jefferson County the location of another 17. In Benton County, 11 lives were lost in crashes in which alcohol was found to be a contributing factor.

If you or a family member has been injured in an accident caused by an impaired driver, you may be entitled to compensation. Make sure you take every precaution and document all information about the accident, including medical reports about related injuries. For more help, contact a qualified attorney.