Are death certificates underreporting drunk driving deaths?

A recent study indicates that there might be some accuracy issues when it comes to data regarding drunk driving fatalities.

Having accurate data regarding drunk driving deaths is very important, as drunk driving fatality data impacts what our view is of the true human cost of drinking and driving and is used by researchers when trying to look at how different things impact the occurrence rate of drunk driving deaths.

The study, which was recently published in the “Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs,” indicates that alcohol often isn’t listed as a contributing factor on the death certificate of individuals who were killed in auto crashes in which they were drunk. The study’s researchers believe that this may be resulting in alcohol-related traffic fatalities being significantly underreported in data based on death certificates.

What is your thought on this study’s results? What do you think should be done to address the problem this study has identified?

In addition to potentially putting the life of the person who engages in it at risk, drunk driving can lead to innocent motorists’ lives being put at risk. It is fairly well-known that drunk drivers can be held liable when they engage in conduct which results in another driver’s death. But did you know that there are other parties that may be able to be held liable in relation to fatal drunk driving accidents? One example of this is that an alcohol-serving establishment may be held liable in relation to a fatal drunk driving accident if negligence on its part contributed to the accident.

Personal injury attorneys can answer questions families of victims of fatal drunk driving accidents have about issues of liability.

Source:, “Study: Role of alcohol in U.S. traffic deaths may be underreported on death certificates,” March 24, 2014