The holidays bring glad tidings, but they also bring an increased number of drunk drivers on our roads. Drunk drivers account for almost a full third of all traffic fatalities, which makes them some of the most dangerous drivers out there.
By all accounts, 2020 was a difficult year, and most of us looked forward to the holidays as a reprieve. The fact is, however, that each year the festivities bring an escalation in drunk driving and drunk driving-related accidents, and the recent holidays were no exception. If a drunk driver left you or someone you love injured over the holidays, don’t wait to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney.
Giving the Gift of Safe Driving
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shares the following sobering statistics and information regarding drunk driving during the holidays:
- Drunk driving is more prevalent during the holidays.
- In 2018, there were 285 drunk-driving related deaths in the period from Christmas to New Year’s.
- In 2018, there were 10,511 traffic fatalities related to drunk driving, which accounted for almost a third of all traffic fatalities that year.
NHTSA reminds drivers that drunk driving deaths are 100 percent preventable.
Getting Together with Family and Friends
With a global pandemic upon us and most of us feeling about as stressed as we ever have, we all looked forward to some socially distanced get-togethers with loved ones over the holidays. While we didn’t all celebrate the same holidays, one nearly universal element of the holiday season was raising a glass or two in celebration. For some, however, this led to trouble, when it was time to exit the gathering and drive home.
NHTSA offers the following tips regarding planning ahead and staying safe on the road, whether during the holiday season or not:
- Plan Ahead – If you are looking forward to a drink or two, plan your trip home ahead of time. This can mean hailing a rideshare, designating a sober driver, using public transportation, or catching a ride with a sober friend.
- Encourage Safe Choices – Encourage your friends and loved ones to also make safe choices. Don’t be shy about offering a tipsy driver a safer option for getting home. If someone at your gathering should not drive, intervene. While it may feel like you’re overstepping your boundaries, the inherent risk is too great to ignore.
- Be a Reliable Designated Driver – If you’ve committed to being the designated driver, commit fully and don’t drink.
- Alert the Authorities – If you spot a motorist on the road who appears to be impaired, alert the authorities. You could help save a life.
Reach Out to an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney Today
If an impaired motorist left you injured over the holidays, the dedicated personal injury attorneys at Blackburn & Green are committed to advocating for your claim’s most favorable resolution. Your case is important, so please don’t hesitate to contact us online or call us at 1-800-444-1112 for more information today.