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Drunk drivers take a life every 53 minutes

People have a general understanding, of course, that drunk driving is dangerous. They know that it leads to car accidents. They also know that it's illegal. Some people may argue that they're good at it -- a common misconception -- but they still know it's dangerous overall.

What people often do not realize is just how dangerous it is. For instance, did you know that 28 people pass away in DUI accidents every day? When you break that down, it works out to a death every 53 minutes. That average death toll continues around the clock, every day of the year.

Of course, this is just an average, so it's not meant to be taken literally in the sense that accidents are spaced out like that in real life. They tend to cluster, with more of them happening at night than during the day. The dangers are greater on the weekends, with higher death totals, than during the week.

But the average still gives you an overall sense of the risks that you face every day from drunk drivers. How long is your commute? If it takes you 30 minutes to get to work and 30 more to get home every day, you're on the road for an hour. That's longer than the average time it takes for someone to lose their life in a DUI accident -- and that's only looking at deadly crashes, as many other people suffer serious injuries.

If you get hit by a drunk driver, you may be able to seek compensation for medical bills and related costs.

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