What Research Says About Holidays and Drunk Driving Accidents
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that each day throughout the U.S., approximately 28 people are killed in drunk-driving accidents, which equals one death every 52 minutes. Annually, drunk driving causes more than 10,000 fatalities across the country, accounting for one-third of all traffic-related deaths.
During the holidays, those numbers increase from already-devastating levels to overwhelmingly tragic numbers that are sadly repeated each year from Thanksgiving through the start of the New Year.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving calls two of the most celebrated dates in December Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve the most dangerous days to be on the road.
While you are celebrating with family and friends this year, it is important to understand the dangers associated with holiday gatherings, and how you can help save lives by never getting behind the wheel after drinking.
Designate a sober driver.
Call a cab.
Stay where you are.
Drinking and driving are not worth your life or anyone else’s.
The Holidays Mean More Drivers, More Drinking, More Accidents
Holidays are designed to be a time of celebration with loved ones. That means more people are traveling to share the holidays with family and friends, and more cars, trucks, and SUVs are on our Texas roadways throughout the season.
Holidays also encourage social binge drinking which can lead to more intoxicated drivers getting behind the wheel and increasing the risk of an alcohol-related crash.
From Thanksgiving to the New Year, an estimated 25,000 injuries occur during alcohol-related crashes each year, according to BACtrack.com.
Life-changing injuries are not the only issue: 140 Americans lost their lives in alcohol-related crashes over Christmas Day last year.
Unfortunately, those deadly figures only continue as Americans ring in the new year.
The chances of a fatal crash involving alcohol are the highest of the year over New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, with 123 Americans losing their lives in alcohol-related crashes during those celebrations.
What Should I Do If I Am Injured in a Crash with a Drunk Driver in Texas This Holiday Season?
Our personal injury lawyers in Austin know that while most people know the dangers of drunk driving today, over the holidays, and every day it does not stop everyone from getting behind the wheel after they have been drinking.
Our advice is the same as leaders across the nation: Stay safe, and never drink and drive.
If you do have to drive during the dangerous holiday season, watch out for negligent drivers, including those who may be impaired, and maintain a safe distance from anyone driving recklessly.
If you have been injured in a collision with a drunk driver or have lost a loved one in a tragic crash with an impaired driver anywhere in Texas, contact our skilled auto accident attorneys today to discuss your case during a free consultation.
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