Terry Abeyta, Senior Attorney at Abeyta Nelson shares a his perspective concerning his fight against drunk driving. Read below:
Where you used to be,
there is a hole in the world
which I find myself
constantly walking around
in the daytime,
and falling in at night
-Edna S. Vincent Millay
One of the most heart-breaking parts of my practice is representing a family whose loved one – a parent, a spouse or a child – was killed by a drunk driver. I’ve had to handle way too many of these cases over my 40-year career.
Every day, 28 people are killed by drunk drivers across the U.S. Tragically, many of those killed are teenagers and other young people. Their deaths leave a hole in the hearts of those who love them.
One of these needless deaths is too many. That’s why Abeyta Nelson Injury Law is sponsoring Mothers Against Drunk Driving “Bike, Walk or Run Like MADD” 2017. One of 90 events across the country, the purpose of the event is to raise awareness and take a stand against drunk driving.
Yakima’s event will be held on Saturday, June 24, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Sarg Hubbard Park. Participants will bike, run and walk to remember those who have died, and walk alongside those who have to learn to walk again as a result of drunk driving.
This year’s fundraising goal is $13,000. We invite you to help us take up the fight by joining this event as a walker, biker or runner or help by volunteering at the event. You can even be involved
as a “virtual walker” or by making a donation to another walker or team. Go to www.WalkLikeMadd.org/Yakima to register or make a donation.
Unlike disease, which can strike without warning, many deaths and injuries caused by a drunk driver involve a decision – a decision to drive drunk or to ride with a drunk driver. Here are some sobering statistics about drunk driving:
● Drunk driving accounts for about 32% of all traffic-related deaths in the U.S. at a cost of more than $132 billion to American taxpayers.
● In 2015, 10,265 people died in drunk driving crashes.
● Every day, 28 people die in the U.S. as a result of drunk driving.
● There are more than 200 alcohol-related deaths each year in Washington alone.
● Washington ranks eighth among the top 10 offending states for DUI.
● In fatal accidents, the highest percentage of drunk drivers (30%) was in the 21-34 age category.
● Nationwide, the number of traffic-related deaths has been cut in half since MADD was founded by a grieving mother in 1980.
Please join us for the MADD event in Yakima.