United States Drunk Driving Car Accident Statistics (2009) Three in every ten Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related crash at some point in their lives. Of fatal accidents in 2009, 32 percent involved alcohol-impaired drivers. On average, one person died every 48 minutes in 2009 due to an alcohol-impaired driver. In 2009, 14 percent of children ages 14 and younger killed in crashes died because of alcohol. *** More than 181 children were killed due to drivers who were drunk. *** In 2009, all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico made it illegal to drive with a BAC of .08 or higher. Of the 10,839 people who died in an alcohol-related crash, 7,281 (67 percent) had drivers with BACs above the legal limit. For fatal crashes occurring from midnight to 3 a.m., 66 percent involved alcohol-impaired driving. On New Years Day, 468 people were killed in car accidents. Alcohol-impaired driving contributed to 40 percent of them. Fatal crashes involving alcohol-impaired drivers occurred four times more at night than during the day (37 percent versus 9 percent). Of the drivers involved in fatal crashes, 30 percent of males had a BAC of .01+ and 25 percent had a BAC of .08+; 16 percent of women had a BAC of .01+ and 14 percent had a BAC of .08+. Of people ages 21 to 24 involved in fatal crashes, 35 percent had a BAC above the legal limit. Drivers with a BAC level of .08 or higher in fatal crashes were eight times more likely to have a prior conviction for driving while under the influence. The most frequently recorded BAC level among drinking drivers in fatal crashes was .17, which is more than twice the legal limit.