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The holiday season is in full swing, and for many people, this is one of the most enjoyable times of the year. Over the coming weeks, many Americans will be attending or hosting more than one parties or get-together to catch up with their friends and family and celebrate. In this kind of atmosphere, there is no shortage of alcohol, and that’s one of the primary reasons why the period between Christmas Eve and New Years Day continues to be one of the most dangerous times to be on our nation’s roads.

Over the past decade, approximately 41% of all personal injuries and fatalities between Christmas (38% of all traffic deaths on Christmas involve a drunk driver) and New Years Day (54% of all New Year’s Day traffic fatalities involve a drunk driver) were alcohol-related. With that in mind, our lawyers want to remind you that, while we know everyone looks forward to celebrating the holiday season with those close to them, it is incredibly important that we all do so responsibly. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)

Our law firm want to make sure you and your family get home safely from your holiday parties, so if you are planning on attending one of these gatherings here are some important rules to follow:

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Let’s begin with the good news: from 1982, when record keeping on the subject began, to the present day, the rate of alcohol impaired driving fatalities in the United States has dropped roughly 65%. A multitude of different safety agencies currently sponsor national drunk driving prevention and awareness campaigns, and many other facets of our society are now doing their part to curb the number of unnecessary road deaths. The results speak for themselves; a 65% reduction in fatalities is something we can all be proud of. However, we would be remiss to think that we are out of the woods just yet.

Despite all of our progress, drunk driving remains one of the most common causes of death and injury on our roads. Nearly 30 people continue to die in car accidents involving an alcohol-impaired driver every day in the United States, and the number of people who suffer serious injuries as a result of these accidents is far greater. All together, drunk drivers alone account for nearly 1/3rd of all traffic deaths every single year. The worst part – every one of these accidents are completely preventable.
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The holiday season is in full swing, and for many people, this is one of the most enjoyable times of the year. Over the coming weeks, many Americans will be attending or hosting more than one parties or get-together to catch up with their friends and family and celebrate. In this kind of atmosphere, there is no shortage of alcohol, and that’s one of the primary reasons why the period between Christmas Eve and New Years Day continues to be one of the most dangerous times to be on our nation’s roads.

Over the past decade, approximately 41% of all personal injuries and fatalities between Christmas (38% of all traffic deaths on Christmas involve a drunk driver) and New Years Day (54% of all New Year’s Day traffic fatalities involve a drunk driver) were alcohol-related. With that in mind, our lawyers want to remind you that, while we know everyone looks forward to celebrating the holiday season with those close to them, it is incredibly important that we all do so responsibly. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)

Our law firm want to make sure you and your family get home safely from your holiday parties, so if you are planning on attending one of these gatherings here are some important rules to follow:
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It’s nearly Thanksgiving, and people all over the country are readying themselves for some much-needed time off work and getting together with friends and family. This is a time of year that many look forward to; the beginning of the holiday season. Still, every year around this time, a disproportionately high number of Americans lose their lives because of alcohol-related car accidents, and thousands of additional road users suffer serious life altering injuries.

According to a 10-year crash statistics study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day are some of the most deadly times of the year for in terms of fatal car accidents. Thanksgiving weekend is the most traveled holiday period of the year in the United States, with DUI arrests skyrocketing from this point until New Year’s weekend. In fact, during the holidays, the number of deaths resulting from accidents involving alcohol-impaired drivers has become so predictable that many state highway safety departments now issue pre-holiday fatality estimates, which prove to be all too accurate year-by-year.

What follows are a few tips from our Lawyers on how to stay safe and avoid drunk driving this Thanksgiving and holiday season:
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Every year in the United States, approximately 6 million car accidents occur, injuring an estimated 2.3 million people and causing more than 30,000 road fatalities; drunk driving is a big contributor to these statistics. Despite major improvements in terms of proactive education and enforcement, alcohol impairment is still a contributing factor in roughly one out of every three fatal car accidents in the U.S., and three in ten Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related crash during some point in their life. (Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association; RMIIA)

Drunk driving is a deep-rooted and persistent road safety issue that has affected millions of people, and will undoubtedly affect millions more. Many of the thousands of the people killed and injured in drunk driving car accidents each year did absolutely nothing wrong; they were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.
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Virtually every driver in the United States is aware of the public safety hazards that accompany operating a vehicle while under the influence of Alcohol; far fewer understand the danger of driving a motor vehicle when under the influence of psychoactive (mind-altering) drugs.

There have been dozens of campaigns aimed at informing the American public about the dangers of drunk driving; the NHTSA, CDC, MADD, and various other national agencies have put a great deal of time, money and effort into education, and it has done wonders all over the country in terms of helping people recognize the problem. Still, many people don’t fully understand the similar dangers that are associated with drugged driving, especially when those drugs are prescribed by a family physician. With the increasing prevalence of using neuropharmaceutical drugs to ameliorate issues in our day-to-day lives, there is a pressing need to increase public of their effects on our ability to drive safely. (National Institute on Drug Abuse; Stop Drugged Driving)
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During the next few days, millions of people across the country will be getting together with friends and family to commemorate Labor Day Weekend. For many Americans, the first Monday of September marks the symbolic end of summer, and the last chance to get some rest and relaxation in before the kids head back to school and the temperatures begin to drop. There is no doubt that this is a time to celebrate with those you hold dear, however, holidays like Labor Day can also be an incredibly dangerous time to be on the road.
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It’s unfortunate how often we hear in the news about car accidents that took the lives of people, especially when they were accidents that were completely preventable and never should have occurred. All too often people do not appreciate the dangers of the road and imperative safety needed when driving. By posting and discussing these accidents, our lawyers hope to inform readers about how frequently preventable accidents occur, so that you can inform others in your life about the need to be responsible when behind the wheel. It is all too often that people have a mindset that they are invincible or that a terrible accident is rare and will not happen to them.

Perhaps that was in the mind of a driver in a recent Aurora accident reported by the Chicago Tribune. According to the article, this motor vehicle accident not only took the life of the driver but seriously injured all four passengers in the car. According to authorities, the causes of the crash were excessive speeding and potentially drunk driving. The accident occurred around 2:30 in the morning on Farnsworth Avenue. The driver lost control of the vehicle, and veered off the road south of Front Street, striking a power pole at Grove Street, according to the Aurora Police Department.

The article stated that the force of the crash was so strong that two of the four passengers were thrown from the vehicle, and the driver died at the scene. One passenger’s condition was so serious that that airlift to a hospital was required. Witnesses at the scene described how the driver was going at a very high rate of speed. Police also reported finding open alcohol inside the vehicle.
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Approximately 6 million motor vehicle accidents occur each year in the United, claiming thousands of lives. It can be easy to fall into the trap of thinking “it won’t happen to me,” but the reality of the matter is that drunk driving car accidents affect a much greater number of people than the average person may realize. Of all the fatal accidents that happen each year, 32% involve alcohol-impaired drivers, and three in every ten Americans will have to deal with an alcohol related accident at some point in their lives. (Mothers Against Drunk Driving)
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Ever Since the Ad Council and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration partnered up to launch their Drunk Driving Prevention Campaign in 1983, alcohol’s deleterious affect on driving has assumed an influential role at the forefront of American consciousness. Just three years after the campaign debuted in 1986 a Roper poll showed a 62% increase in awareness on the subject among young Americans, and our roads have grown substantially safer as a result. Still, with the increasing prevalence of using neuropharmaceutical drugs to ameliorate issues in our day-to-day lives, there is a pressing need to increase public understanding and awareness of the effects of drugged driving on our ability to drive safely. (National Institute on Drug Abuse; Stop Drugged Driving)

Our lawyers are proud of our work helping injury victims secure compensation for their injuries, and we hope that by educating our readers, we may be able to prevent a few accidents from happening all together. Virtually every driver in the United States is aware of the public safety hazards that come with operating a vehicle while under the influence of Alcohol; far fewer understand the danger of driving a motor vehicle when under the influence of psychoactive (mind-altering) drugs. Whether you know a lot or a little about drunk driving, here are a few helpful answers to questions that you may have about the issue:
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