In the United States, the leading criminal cause of death is drunk driving. More than 17,000 people fall victim to the reckless actions of alcohol-impaired drivers every year. The holiday season is an especially dangerous time to be on the roads; in fact, in the period between Thanksgiving and New Years Day, nearly 40% of all wrongful deaths while driving are directly caused by someone driving after having too much to drink. (MADD)
Early this week, our lawyers cited drunk driving as one of the main hazards of driving around the holiday season, and many other organizations, such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), are launching campaigns to attempt to make sure that everyone has a safe and peaceful holiday time.
According to statistics collected by MADD, alcohol is the cause of about 52% of fatal accidents on Christmas, and 57% on New Years, and the people most dangerous behind the wheel this time of year are young drivers. 21-24-year-olds consistently make up the highest number of impaired drivers In addition, it is estimated that there are as many as two million drivers on the road with three or more convictions for driving while under the influence. (National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration)
The nature of the Thanksgiving and holiday seasons gathers many people into one area. It is a holiday for socializing, eating, and drinking. However, everyone has to go home eventually, and for people who are driving back to a hotel or another family members house after a party, driving drunk is something that is always a serious risk.
As dangerous as drunk driving can be, our lawyers want to remind you that it is preventable. If you or your family is hosting a party, have designated drivers, call a cab for loved ones who have had too much to drink, and take measures to ensure that you will not put yourself and everyone else on the road in danger.
Alcohol can significantly reduce the reaction time of drivers, as well as their ability to process and intelligently react to situations on the road. This disconnect between the driver and their wits can result in sudden erratic movements, and this can cause accidents that result in very serious injuries.
Try as you might, sometimes all the preventative measures in the world can’t compensate for the negligence of other drivers on the road. If you are injured by the recklessness of another driver, know that you have a group of experiences and dedicated lawyers to turn to. In our 20 years of legal counsel , Levin & Perconti has helped thousands of families get the compensation that they deserve for injuries, and we have recovered more than $420 million for the harms caused to victims.
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