The holidays bring many dangers including more traffic, more distracted drivers, and, unfortunately, more drunk drivers.
According to the latest data, from Thanksgiving to New Year’s, there are an estimated 25,000 injuries from alcohol-related crashes nationwide. There is a 55% higher-than-average risk for DUI fatalities on Thanksgiving and a 117% higher-than-average risk on New Year’s Day. Since many people tend to stay put on Christmas Day, the risk of encountering a drunk driver goes down to a 9% higher risk than average. However, on average, 1,000 people die in alcohol-impaired crashes each December in the U.S.
What are the Consequences of Drunk Driving Over the Holidays in Texas?
Our DWI car accident attorneys are aware that any form of drunk, distracted, or impaired driving can result in catastrophic crashes throughout the year. However, during the holidays, the risk intensifies as increased drivers, motorists, and pedestrians share Texas roads.When someone is injured or killed in an accident caused by a drunk driver, the impaired motorist’s insurance provider can be held liable for the complete damages the individual or family suffers. From a financial perspective, estimates show that drunk driving costs the nation over $130 billion per year.
Even when an accident doesn’t occur, drunk driving can lead to significant legal penalties, including serious criminal charges. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates a first-time drunk driver can pay as much as $10,000 in fines, legal fees, and higher car insurance costs.
How to Stay Safe on the Road During the Holidays
While it is impossible to control other drivers’ behaviors, we must be personally responsible for ourselves.
If you plan to drink this holiday season and are not using rideshare transportation:
- Have a designated driver.
- Have a return home plan if there is no designated driver. Know who you’ll call for a ride home
- Always wear your seatbelt and be sure children are properly restrained.
- Drive without distractions and keep your eyes on the road.
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If you were injured or lost a loved one in a vehicle collision caused by an impaired driver, call our skilled drunk driving accident and personal injury attorneys in Austin at (512) 883-0277 or contact us online today to schedule a free consultation. We pursue dedicated, driven results for our clients, and there is never a charge to talk to an attorney. We stand ready to help you.