Montana reports the highest percentage of Alcohol-impaired Driving Fatalities as a percentage of all facilities
Research by Zimlon revealed that the state of Montana had the highest percentage of alcohol-related fatalities at 43%. In 2018, a total of 10,511 deaths were reported from drunk driving crashes in the United States. Of these, 29% of deaths were due to car crashes. One person is killed every 48 minutes from alcohol-impaired driving fatalities in the U.S. It is illegal to drive in all states of the U.S. with a BAC (Blood Alcohol Concentration) level of 0.8 g/dL or higher.
The State of Montana reported the highest percentage of alcohol-related fatalities in car crashes, followed by Texas. In 2018, 1,439 people died due to alcohol-induced car crashes in Texas alone. 220 children were also killed in car crashes induced due to alcohol in 2017. At 19% each, Kentucky and West Virginia were the two states with the lowest percentage of alcohol-induced car accidents.
Although several factors might t affect car insurance premiums, getting convicted in a case of DUI is likely to cause a dramatic increase in car insurance rates. Zimlon estimates that car insurance rates can rise by 80% on average if convicted of a DUI. In some states, the rates increase by as much as 186%. The increase in price also depends on the severity of the crime.
A hike in car insurance rates could be even higher for drivers who have other traffic violations on their driving record. An instance of DUI also prevents drivers from getting discounts for having a clean driving record for as long as 10 years in some states.
Among the 10 states, the state of California reported the highest percentage increase after a case of DUI, with an increase of 186 percent, from an average of $1,831.