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More than a third of deadly accidents involve drunk driving

Drunk driving accidents often take lives, and it's always heartbreaking because it's so easy to prevent a crash like this. If people simply decided to only drive when they were sober, a lot of lives would be saved.

If you're wondering just how bad this is, you should know that 36% of deadly accidents in Alaska involve drunk driving. That's more than a third of all of the traffic-related fatalities in the state.

You may say that this is due to the low amount of overall fatalities in the state, but it's not. There are, on average, only 30 drunk driving-related deaths per year, and that is far less -- due to the small population -- than other states, but Alaska is not alone with its high percentage.

For instance, consider Texas. It's a huge state with a very large population, and it averages 1,438 drunk driving deaths per year. That clocks in at 38% of the total for the state. If anything, it's an even bigger problem.

Now, it is worth noting that these stats do include drunk drivers who themselves pass away in accidents. Not every case involves the death of an innocent party. There are many single-car accidents.

Even so, how many innocent people should suffer injuries or even lose their lives due to drunk driving? Clearly, this is something that shouldn't happen to anyone, but it happens very often in Alaska and all across the United States.

If you get involved in one of these accidents with a drunk driver or if you lose a loved one, it's crucial that you know exactly what legal options you have.

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