On Tuesday, there was a drunk driving crash in Arden. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on Hendersonville Road at about 3:00 a.m. Very little information about the crash has been released, but we do know that the driver reportedly lost control of the vehicle and hit a power pole. Initial reports indicate that there were downed power lines in the area.

First responders and crews rushed to the scene, where all four lanes of the roadway had to be closed between Heywood Road and Glenn Bridge Road. Duke energy was called out to work on the power lines. Thankfully, no serious injuries were reported on the scene. The driver involved was charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI).

Drunk Driving Crash Statistics

In 2016, there were 10,497 fatalities in crashes involving drunk drivers.

Deaths in drunk driving crashes accounted for 28 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2016.

On average, one person was killed in an alcohol-impaired crash every 50 minutes in 2016.

The 25 to 34-year-old age group had the highest percentage (27 percent) of drunk drivers in fatal crashes when compared to other age groups in 2016.

Drunk Driving: Preventable Crashes

Crashes involving drunk drivers are 100 percent preventable. Drunk driving is responsible for nearly a third of all crash fatalities each year. With the holiday season swiftly approaching, safety advocates and law enforcement agencies are reminding people to Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. Halloween, and the following fall and winter holidays are sadly well known for having a spike in injury causing and fatal drunk driving crashes.

Drunk Driving Crashes in Asheville

Nobody should have to lose a loved one to a preventable crash. Buzzed driving is drunk driving too, and even one drink can be one drink too many. If you’ve been drinking alcohol, don’t get behind the wheel. It’s not worth risking your life or the lives of others.

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a crash involving a drunk driver in Asheville or in any of the surrounding Western North Carolina communities, contact the skilled and proven team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 828-303-2842 for a free case consultation today.