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Recent research shows that the number of fatal accidents that happen in the United States due to drunken driving is relatively high. In one year, there were more than 7,850 fatal crashes involving DUI throughout the nation. This is an average of  about 22 crashes every day. West Virginia is one of a handful of states where a car wreck is most likely to happen due to drunk driving.

The other states that are deemed to be the most deadly with regard to DUI crashes are in various parts of the country, ranging from the South to the Northwest. According to researchers, these types of accidents are most likely to happen between the hours of 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. This is the time when many bars close.

However, there are other time periods that are dangerous as well. Around 7 p.m. is also a period with a higher incidence of accidents, likely because restaurants and bars often quit serving happy-hour drinks at reduced prices. The study further documented an increase in accidents at about 3 p.m., which suggests that drinking during lunchtime might be increasing in popularity.

Those in West Virginia who are injured in drunk driving accidents have the right to file personal injury claims against the driver or drivers believed to have been at fault. Meanwhile, the surviving loved ones of a deceased victim of a DUI car wreck may choose to file a wrongful death claim for monetary damages. If the individual who allegedly caused the accident is charged and convicted of DUI, proof of the conviction may be presented in a related civil court proceeding in an effort to establish financial liability.

Source: consumeraffairs.com, “Fatal drunk driving accidents are more likely to occur late at night and at 7 p.m.“, Christopher Maynard, Nov. 3, 2015