Portland’s Statistics on Alcohol Related Crashes

Portland, known for its vibrant nightlife and craft beer scene, unfortunately, grapples with a persistent and dangerous issue alcohol-related crashes. These incidents jeopardize the safety of individuals on the road and also leave a devastating impact on families and communities.

Each year, countless lives are impacted by the devastating consequences of accidents caused by alcohol consumption.

The city has implemented various strategies to address this problem, including increased law enforcement and public awareness campaigns. Still, the statistics highlight the ongoing need for continued efforts to prevent alcohol-related accidents on the road.

1. According to the Portland Police Bureau, there were 43 fatalities in 2020 and 2021 from crashes in which alcohol is believed to have played a role.

2. Between 2015 and 2019, alcohol impairment was a factor in over one-third of traffic deaths in Portland.

3. During the period from 2015 to 2019, 198 individuals suffered severe injuries, such as brain damage or paralysis, due to alcohol-related crashes.

4. From 2013 to 2017, almost 50% of traffic fatalities in Portland were caused by alcohol impairment.

5. In 2023, there were 10 deaths related to alcohol, representing 13.33% of all traffic-related deaths in the city.

6. In 2023, the vast majority of individuals involved in alcohol-related fatal crashes were under the age of 40, with a particular focus on those aged 14-24.

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Based on data from the Portland Police Bureau, there were a total of 43 fatalities in 2020 and 2021 that were attributed to crashes involving alcohol.

According to statistics released by the Portland Police Bureau, there were a total of 43 fatalities in 2020 and 2021 from crashes in which alcohol is believed to have played a role. This number is concerning as it represents lives lost due to preventable incidents caused by impaired driving.

Driving under the influence of alcohol is not only illegal but also incredibly dangerous. Alcohol impairs a person’s ability to operate a vehicle safely, leading to poor decision-making, decreased reaction times, and impaired judgment. This can result in devastating consequences for all parties involved. [1]

Based on data from the Portland Police Bureau, there were a total of 43 fatalities in 2020 and 2021 that were attributed to crashes involving alcohol.
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From 2015 to 2019, alcohol impairment played a role in more than one-third of traffic fatalities in Portland.

Between 2015 and 2019, alcohol impairment played a significant role in over one-third of traffic deaths in Portland. According to statistics gathered by the Portland Bureau of Transportation, out of the total number of traffic fatalities during this time period, 36% were attributed to drivers who were under the influence of alcohol. [1]

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According to statistics collected by the Portland Police Department, there were a total of 198 individuals who suffered severe injuries as a result of alcohol-related crashes in the city from 2015 to 2019. These injuries ranged from brain damage to paralysis and had long-lasting effects on the lives of those involved.

The impact of alcohol-related crashes goes far beyond just physical injuries. The emotional and psychological toll on victims and their families is immeasurable. [1]

From 2015 to 2019, there were 198 cases of severe injuries, including brain damage or paralysis, caused by alcohol-related accidents.
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Between 2013 and 2017, nearly half of traffic fatalities in Portland were the result of alcohol impairment.

For residents and visitors of Portland, Oregon, the statistics on alcohol-related traffic fatalities are startling. According to data from 2013 to 2017, nearly half of the traffic fatalities in Portland were caused by alcohol impairment. This means that 50% of all fatal crashes were due to drivers operating their vehicles while under the influence of alcohol.

The majority of these fatalities occurred on major highways leading out of Portland, such as I-5, I-84, and U.S. 26. [2]

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In 2023, Portland experienced a concerning trend in alcohol-related crashes, with 10 deaths caused those driving after alcohol consumption. This accounted for 13.33% of all traffic-related fatalities in the city that year. These statistics draw attention to the impact that driving under the influence of alcohol can have on road safety and the lives of individuals. [3]

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In 2023, Portland saw a concerning trend in alcohol-related fatal crashes, with a majority of individuals involved being under the age of 40. Of particular concern were those aged 14-24, who made up a significant portion of the statistics. [3]

This highlights the need for increased education and awareness around the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol, especially among younger drivers. 

These statistics on alcohol-related crashes in Portland paint a sobering picture of the impact that drinking and driving can have on road safety. Being a responsible driver means never getting behind the wheel after drinking.  

In 2023, individuals under the age of 40, especially those aged 14-24, were involved in the majority of alcohol-related fatal crashes.

If you or someone you know has been impacted by an alcohol-related crash, remember you’re not alone. Goldberg & Loren, your personal injury attorneys in Portland, offer free consultations to anyone injured in a drunk driving incident. 

Sources:

[1] Alcohol remains a major factor in deadly Portland crashes. (2023, May 2). Portland.gov. https://www.portland.gov/transportation/news/2022/3/4/alcohol-remains-major-factor-deadly-portland-crashes#

[2] News Blog: Alcohol remains a top factor in deadly Portland crashes. (n.d.). Portland Bureau of Transportation. https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/ORPORTLAND/bulletins/2653168

[3] Portland Traffic Fatality Tracker. (n.d.). BikePortland. https://bikeportland.org/fatality-tracker

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