According to a new study recently published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, approximately 20% of US adults have experienced some form of secondhand harm because of another person’s behavior while drinking. That harm included personal injury and property damage.

The study involved more than 8,700 adults who submitted survey question responses in two different databases across April 2014 through June 2015. The different types of harm included being pushed, being in a traffic accident, being inside of a vehicle as a passenger with a drunk driver, having property vandalized, and feeling threatened or afraid.

Unfortunately, drunk driving shows up as a possible cause in many California accidents. Someone hurt in a drunk driving accident might suffer from catastrophic injuries such as broken bones, internal bleeding, TBIs, and more. Drunk driving is also a common factor in many fatal accident cases, leaving behind family members and friends grieving the unnecessary loss of a loved one.

While the most prevalent type of harm for secondhand drinking danger was harassment, being involved in a traffic accident carries catastrophic risks for anyone inside a vehicle with the drunk driver or someone who becomes involved in an accident because of a drunk driver. If you have already been hurt in a San Francisco drunk driving accident, talk to an experienced lawyer today about what to do next.

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