A new study shows that young women in the U.S. who choose to drink and drive are now at an increasing risk of being involved in a fatal accident. In 1996, men had double the odds of a fatal crash as women with the same blood-alcohol level. However, in 2007, the gap had closed, and now men and women with high blood-alcohol levels have the same risk of fatal crashes.

Researchers aren’t clear why more young women who are drinking and driving are being killed, but they believe it may be because women are taking more risks while driving than in previous years. Unfortunately, between 1996 and 2007, the risk of a fatal car crash doubled for sober men drivers as well. Researchers believe this is because distracted driving is on the rise.

Also, although this shouldn’t come as a surprise, regardless of a driver’s age or gender, his or her risk of being killed in a car accident increases as their blood alcohol levels rise. Drivers with a blood alcohol level between .02 percent and .049 percent, which is well below the legal limit of .08 percent, faced a three times higher risk of being involved in a fatal crash than sober drivers.

Accidents attributable to drunk driving are especially tragic, because they are so senseless, and because everyone of driving age should know the dangers of drinking and driving. However, thousands are killed in the U.S. each year by drunk drivers. If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident in which alcohol was a factor, call the Dallas personal injury attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 817-527-8833. We will work hard on your behalf to obtain compensation for your injuries.